To the team Debbie! I agree, it's not about comparing ourselves (or our hikes) to each other (or even to our former selves) it's about what we can do and enjoy today, and to progress to what we will be able to do tomorrow, and maybe that will be the same as today. There is so much to enjoy out there!
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Welcome to the group!! I really do know what you mean. I lived in southern New Mexico on the edge of the Gila National Forest and did a lot of pretty hard hikes until the end of October. I'm going to be 59 in a little over a week. But on Halloween I had a stroke that left my right side more weak and some dizziness. Luckily I have worked back since the stroke, with a severe brai bleed on Halloween day. I was on a vent apparently with tubes and drs not sure if I'd live. I spent 5 weeks in a couple of different hospitals in different states to get the treatment I needed and also to end up at my son's home in Ft. Worth TX area. Not so many hills around here and at the moment I still can't drive and also my car is still in NM. They try to take me places but both work so I try to get to some places walking. It's more than a mile at a minimum in any direction to any businesses. When I first started walking it was extremely slow and with a walker.. I weaned off the walker and got rid of it totally on New Year's Day. I just got back from a 3.3 mile walk that took me a while. One good thing in this area is there are lots of different parks and trails and sidewalks so lots of neat places to walk.. Some back trails between parks I can pretend I'm not in a city because it's doesn't seem that way. My goal is to get back to hiking more and eventually camping again. It's a tough fight back from whatever problems we overcome but we both know it's so worth it! You may go slow because of injuries but you are out enjoying the beauty in nature. I am too, to the best I can right now and look forward to getting further out of the metroplex as I am able to drive and into some different types of hiking areas and stuff. That's what's important to us. It isn't how high or how fast we go but how much we enjoy what we do!
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Hi all. I'm Debbie. I live on the south shore of Massachusetts. I am an avid (in my mind) camper and hiker. 5 grown kids, 6 grandkids and husband of 32 years.
I am doing what I can with what I have to work with. Both my knees have had ACL repairs, both my shoulders have had cuff repair. I do alot of small local hiking. Not too much elevation gain around home so the hikes are long-many hours. Been doing what others consider to be easy/moderate hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 1,000 elevation gain for about a mile. With my limits I'll call that moderately difficult haha.
I protect whats injured and use what ever means I can to "get" there. Nothing is gonna stop me!
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