Saturday, August 03, 2013

“You’re cane looks stupid!”

Breezy, partly sunny and 74˚F (23.3˚C) … it was not only a perfect Multiple Sclerosis afternoon but my first chance to push Patti’s wheelchair since chemotherapy for my lung cancer began 8 weeks ago

After a couple blocks I yielded to Megan and walking next to Patti she notices my cane …

Patti: “You’re cane looks stupid!”

Patrick: “My cane looks stupid? … This from someone in a wheelchair … isn't that somewhat like the pot calling the kettle black” 

The banter of laughter is a wonderful aperitif before dinner at Helena’s Chocolate Café & Crêperie in Carlisle, PA 

Patti and Megan split a 'Nutella and Strawberry Crepe', I ‘chemo sampled’ a Breakfast Crepe featuring egg, ham and gruyère cheese 

…‘chemo sampled’ meaning I ate about half because of chemo suppressed appetite … I have learned to order foods that can easily be reheated at home as often appetite returns … or in this case I hope for ‘breakfast’ tomorrow.

Washed down by Nantucket Nectars Lemonade, we finished by splitting a fruit (blueberry, raspberry, and kiwi) tort. 

Admittedly the assistive devices seem to be multiplying and since chemo Megan has taken over the assisted feeding of Patti ... 

We have been living with Multiple Sclerosis as a family for 24 years … since chemo we push, roll, and now limp forward ... making the time for the banter of playful laughter ... We Are Family!!!
Patrick Leer
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Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. Hi there. I really like your site. I am a writer who also has MS. I am putting together a poetry anthology by writers who have MS. All poems talk about the MS experience. Proceeds of this book will benefit the MS community in Dallas, TX, where I live. Would you be interested in submitting a poem? Please contact me at Thank you.
    Jennifer Evans

    1. Jennifer the comment above you is from JUDY AT PEACE BE WITH YOU ... she is not only a poet diagnosed with MS but a caregiver spouse ... technically challenged that I am let me see if I can connect you two.


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