Project Walk

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Elena on the G-EO Walking System

Two feet in the morning
I walked or ran each day

I used to take for granted
what is a struggle now today

In ’93 Doc’s said MS
the rollercoaster ride began

Three feet in the afternoon
a young woman and a cane

it’s just pure frustration
to stand or walk, cane free

kind people offer me their help
that I don’t want to need

a test of muscle memory
like you have never seen

a fight I am prepared to wage
a battle much bigger than me

to master this metal monster
so I may cast away my wheels

© L. Rose (Sentiment by Elena M.)

I recently reconnected with a friend from High School. I discovered that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago. Recently she posted something about it on FB; part of it was a revelation that insurance doesn’t cover the cost of a program called Project Walk, as they regulate physical therapy visits. She provided a link to the information, and it is an incredible program. I promised to help in some way, and the only way I could think to help is to get the word out. The only way I could think to do that is to write, so I wrote. The poem is a product of Elena’s own words and sentiment. You might notice a vague nod to Sophocles as well.

This is not a solicitation – just information.

As always, feedback and comments are welcome. Happy Blogging, and thank you for reading. ~ Linda

Elena’s story

Some information:
Project Walk
Per Elena, it is,

“a paralysis recovery center, that concentrates on people with mobility issues in efforts to get them walking/functioning again…from spinal chord injuries, MS, Parkinsons, ALS, etc.”

Being medically uninformed, I looked up resources for kids so I could understand a little better: I found the following and some of its links very informative:
For Kids Keep S’myelin

An activity book that had good info

G EO System Product video long version – YouTube

4 thoughts on “Project Walk

  1. crunchygoodness1 March 18, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know that. Thank you for the information & poetry.

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  2. scatterednotebooks March 18, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    You’re welcome. It was interesting reading up on this. Elena’s a trooper, for sure.

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    • scatterednotebooks March 19, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Oh, Nana – I am sorry for your loss. This whole thing about MS is new to me – my friend lives on the East Coast, so I am not directly involved – but I can tell it’s hard – she’s such a trooper. I didn’t mean to make you cry – but I am sure glad you appreciate what I wrote – the more people know, the better things become, I think.

      Thank you for your kind words and for the nomination. I will check it out. – Linda

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