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Mike’s Story

I’ve had secondary MS for 15 years and the paths of communication between brain and left side, arm, leg, have become more and more impeded, and for many years I stood by and watched. There were so many things I couldn’t do. So I didn’t try. The disability was coming for me. Things got more complicated, because when you don’t use muscles, they atrophy. So I began playing table tennis as a standing player (instead of seated) and found out that disuse and disability cause un-Usability. So when I told my coach that I couldn’t do certain things, she would direct me to the table, and proceed to train and drill me on the very things I claimed that I couldn’t do. This happens every time that I claim inability. She (my coach) will not accept it. I am now building muscle in my left leg, and discovering that disuse terribly compounds disability. I am very happy to discover my legs’ abilities!

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  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Mike, thanks so much for being here and sharing your story. How incredibly lucky that fate put the right person in your path to keep you challenged and get you moving. We’re so glad you’re here. -Warmly, Donna ( team)

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