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One day you might have a flare-up of numbness in your hands or your toes. The next day, you might have a bout of fatigue. Another day you might have some issues of vision, and some days you might have nothing at all. In a typical day with MS, you never know what symptoms might be presenting themselves. I’m an amateur cyclist.
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My way of enjoying cycling is to go on long bike rides. I’ll go several hundred miles and stop off at Airbnbs along the way or hotels along the way, or maybe do some camping, that kind of thing. That’s the way it is on the trail right now. With my bike rides, sometimes I’m worried about getting my weekly injections on exactly the same day each week.
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My neurologist, he’s really good about saying it doesn’t need to be that precise. What’s important is that you are regular. I think probably my best advantage as a cyclist is I’m just stubborn. I just keep pedaling. I’m not necessarily concerned about getting there in any record time, but I know if I’ve gone the last 5 miles, then I can probably do another 5 miles more.
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Having any chronic condition is a long haul. You are trying to find the resources in yourself to keep pushing through the hard spots and respecting your boundaries. There are things you can do and things you should probably try to take in stages, and I think that is reflected in cycling a lot too. You know, you have this long trip ahead of you and you just try to break it up into pieces and make every stage a little bit more manageable that way.
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With a chronic condition you try to deal with this week and the next week, and maybe it’s this day, maybe it’s the next day, and then you do that enough times and you’ve covered a year. Woo, hoo, hoo, hoo! My name is Todd Cerveris, and I’m a member of MyMSTeam.
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