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I may have MS, but it doesn't have me.

Before a lengthy hospitalisation last summer and fall, I lived alone in Atlanta not far from the zoo and managed to get myself out and about using my manual ultralight wheelchair.

In September (2011) I moved into assisted living in Norcross, Georgia to await several surgeries to improve extreme spasticity and painful muscle spasms in my legs which had prevented me from standing up at all since June.

The assisted living facility where I now live is quite similar to a small college dormitory. I have my own room and bathroom with the dining room, living room, and other common areas used by all residents in common. I have ~16 other housemates, most with Alzheimer's, dementia, or some manner of memory impairment. I am the youngest resident, by several decades, as most of my roomies are well into their 90's.

Because meals are prepared by the staff for all residents - think lowest common denominator, using entirely prepared food - it's a challenge to control my diet. I am permitted to store personal foods in the kitchen, but residents are not allowed inside, so my handling food prep is a huge challenge.

I have been working my butt off doing physical and occupational therapy to recover from the lengthy hospital/rehab stay last year and the 2 subsequent (and successful) surgeries I had in the fall.

My immediate goal is to not need to use a sliding board to get into / out of my wheelchair. (Get back to doing a lateral transfer.) Progress is very slow, but I try to remember that I have made huge progress since I left rehab after my last surgery. Next goal is to return to intown living in Atlanta and be able to do my own cooking and food preparation.

Member Since: 1/18/2012

Fitness Minutes: 50

My Goals:
Lateral transfer to/from wheelchair.
Sitting upright on side of bed w/ correct posture.

My Program:
PT twice a week.
Exercises between PT sessions.

Personal Information:
I grew up in Guilford, CT. Moved to Atlanta, GA for university and stayed. Very recently moved temporarily to Norcross, GA, just outside Atlanta.

Other Information:
I'm rather fond of quotes and enjoy collecting them, so here are just a few; not necessarily favorites, but ones that are important to me right now.

"People are about as happy as they make up their mind to be."
- Thomas Jefferson

... "America! America! God mend thy every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law."
- the verse everyone skips from 'America the Beautiful' by Katherine Lee Bates

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
- Albert Einstein

“ The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. ”
- Samuel Johnson

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