Monday, April 30, 2012

island getaway

My eyes look the same, they just see differently.

“How long do I have to live?” to “How soon can I return to my normal daily life?” in less than four months has been an emotional and mental roller coaster ride that left the tracks long ago.

Back when I was first coping with ‘how long do I have to live?’ (but concealing lung cancer from everyone) I wrote an entry exercise, fitness, caregiving for Multiple Sclerosis in which I guestimated I had pushed Patti’s wheelchairs at least 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) over the decades.

So with my successful surgery and recovery in the past tense and one test push under the belt it was time to add some mileage.

Patti and Patrick pictured along Susquehanna River onCity Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Under 68˚F (20°C) sunny skies we looped City Island in the Susquehanna River on Sunday for a mile plus (1.6+ km) outing. Originally planning on just using the level paved walking/biking path I soon was all terrain from my personal favorite concrete beach through water golf, scenic overlooks, picnic pavilions and docks.

Can anyone really push themself until they have pushed another?
Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. NIce article Patrick; you are such a good writer; when are you going to put all this together in a book? I am so proud of what you do for others, especially Patti and the rest of the family. Love you and keep you in my prayers. Jean

  2. That's a major milestone accomplished. So glad to read you've been able to take Patti out for a ride again. Sounds like a wonderful locale as well.

  3. So glad you have come so far. Looking forward to more improvement, I am sure.

  4. That's great that you felt well enough to do so much! Just don't overdo!

  5. I think all of the pushing you do is for both of you. ~Mary

  6. Don't try to be back at what you were doing before surgery just yet. However, you are my hero! :)
    Jackie aka BamaWmn46

  7. Its beautiful! I'm sure it was a great outing in so many different ways, very therapeutic all around. I think you will know your limits but just remember to know your limits on what you can and can't do in the days, weeks, months, years ahead.


  8. As an update to this update, mowed my lawn today, 5,000 sq feet (464.5 sq meters). No it is not a riding mower or a walk behind but a pushing power mower. Any other year I would be grumbling about the first mowing of the year, not this year I embraced it simply because I could!!!

  9. What a great attitude! I'm in awe. Makes me want to smack myself for all the whining I do about my arthritis. I loved what you said, "I embraced it simply because I could"

  10. These are questions that I think long? I guess it is curiosity. I hope you are doing good after mowing!


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