The View from "I Can Travel"

Meet Marlene and Steve Wechselblatt- and take a look around their interesting site I Can Travel


Our story is a familiar one.  We were college sweethearts who married after graduation.  Life was an adventure, possibilities were limitless.  We moved to a Big Ten school for graduate studies. We lived abroad, traveled all over, completed our educations and began our adult lives.  We had 2 children, lived in the suburbs and both worked hard in moderately interesting careers.  Our lives followed the traditional path taken by many others. 

 About eight years ago I noticed I was having increased difficulty walking.  I'd been to see three orthopedists trying to figure out what was wrong.  Finally a physical therapist I'd been working with suggested that I see a neurologist.  It was he who told me I had multiple sclerosis.  At first, I wasn't that upset since we had a good friend who had MS for 20 years and was pretty asymptomatic.  However my type of MS has no treatment protocol - I had years to look forward to a slow and steady decline in mobility.

 Certainly this was not the life I'd envisioned.  My husband and I felt helpless.  What we had tacitly planned for ourselves was not going to happen. The more we thought about it, the more we realized there were a lot of people out there in a similar situation.  Life is for people who want to explore, dream and discover, not for people who want to give up. 

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