2013: Loose Ends

That was the end of the notes that I kept documenting my go around with AMN. I wrote the following, today, 2 August 2021, based on what I can remember. Looking at it all in retrospect, it seems like a continuous, drawn-out rollercoaster ride, with high highs, low lows, loop de loops and hairpin turns,Continue reading “2013: Loose Ends”

Am I done? Am I Resting? Something Else?

A strange thing happened to me yesterday. When I was a young man, freshly diagnosed, I was full of vinegar, keen to learn the science and seek out potential cures. Not snake oil, oh no. There plenty of these salespeople to be had. This was not it. I wanted science-based answers. Sadly, there really wasContinue reading “Am I done? Am I Resting? Something Else?”

Beginnings

On Friday February 19, 1965, General William Westmoreland was on the cover of Time Magazine. Closer to home, Ken and Joan Gillespie were in the process of welcoming their second son, Bradley Kent Gillespie into the world. That would be me. From what I am told, I was not the easiest baby. I seemed toContinue reading “Beginnings”

2013: Loose Ends

That was the end of the notes that I kept documenting my go around with AMN. I wrote the following, today, 2 August 2021, based on what I can remember. Looking at it all in retrospect, it seems like a continuous, drawn-out rollercoaster ride, with high highs, low lows, loop de loops and hairpin turns,Continue reading “2013: Loose Ends”

Scoring Your Disability

I do not know diddly about the Stages of MS Chart, but I have some familiarity with The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). It was developed to keep track of MS patients and is also used for AMN. Well. At least it was for me. I do not expect that there are enough AMNers toContinue reading “Scoring Your Disability”

What the heck does it mean to be disabled?

I expect that most people think that they have a pretty good idea of what it means to be disabled. I know that I did. I was singularly focused on my inability to walk and do things that I used to do. Thursday evening, I had the privilege of participating in a Halifax, Nova Scotia-basedContinue reading “What the heck does it mean to be disabled?”

Easy Backyard Access

I was in a bad spot. Before disability, I got great satisfaction from my yard. Keeping the grass trimmed, the trees pruned and the bird and squirrel bellies full. The wheel chair did not enhance the enjoyment, I tell you. I needed a solution. I built with my own two hands, from the comfort ofContinue reading “Easy Backyard Access”

Bored by Your Wheelchair? Looking for a more Practical Ride?

For those of you who are going to be visiting Bend, Oregon in the near future, I have the opportunity for you! Come take a free test ride on the coolest off road wheelchair (if you want to call it that) that I have ever seen. Sadly, I will not be making the trip, butContinue reading “Bored by Your Wheelchair? Looking for a more Practical Ride?”

Half Marathon in a Wheelchair

I have seen plenty of guys in races with handcycles and racing wheel chairs. I thought that I was the only dummy to try a race in a straight up ultralight chair like this dude is doing. They are going to make you sit through a pile of ads before you get to the video,Continue reading “Half Marathon in a Wheelchair”