Saturday, September 22, 2012

autumn equinox 5K push and roll

Autumn has always been greeted like an old friend in our story. Living with Multiple Sclerosis is challenging enough without nature rudely complicating each day with summer heat and humidity. Autumn has always meant the return to enjoying outdoors with MS friendly temperatures of Fall and Winter.

This year the Fall Equinox was somewhat special for me. I first learned of a “9 mm vague nodular density in left upper lobe” on the past Winter Equinox. It has been 9 months since my lung cancer timeline began.

Sooo we created our own 'autumn equinox 5K push and roll' to celebrate the first day of Fall. With MS perfect 72˚F (22˚C) temperatures and accompanied by breezes off the River, I pushed and Patti rolled around City Island, across the Susquehanna River, up and down River Front Park, and back across the river to our wheelchair accessible van on the Island.
Maybe it was the workout, maybe it was just the day … but we both agreed the fresh squeezed lemonade from a vendor on City Island was the best we ever had.

For what it’s worth this was the exact same route I walked for a Lung Cancer 5 K a month ago and it only took me 50% longer to complete pushing Patti.

“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.”
William Cullen Bryant
by Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. WTG Patrick and Patti for finishing this year's autumn's equinox 5K. That is a pretty impressive statistic Patrick on your time pushing a wheelchair versus "walking alone". May the fall be a good one for you and Patti.


  2. The autumn weather we're having certainly is a welcome change. Congrats on accomplishing that walk!


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