After a very active lifestyle for over 61 years, I was diagnosed with lower motor neuron ALS by Dr. Shin Oh at UAB in Birmingham, AL. My second opinion came from Dr. Eric Pioro at the Cleveland Clinic. I have accepted the diagnosis fully and have been trying to make the most of what I have left for the last six years.
I am very fortunate in many ways. My wife of 29 years is an unusually strong woman who is also very loving and giving, and is able to put up with me most of the time. I also have excellent caregivers from a company called Comfort Keepers.
Our motorized beach wheelchair rental business (www.beachpowerrentals.com ) is what keeps me going. There is always something that needs arrention and I am known as Mr. Fix It. Seeing folks coming back from the beach in one of our chairs, smiling from ear to ear makes of our efforts worthwhile.
We started our business in 2009 with 5 motorized beach wheelchairs. This year ( 2011) we have 15 chairs in our rental fleet...and we had to turn down customers almost every single day. Response to these chairs has been nothing short of amazing. Now our customers are asking us to build chairs for them to buy, something that we never anticipated.
I am a true believer that this little business has had a great influence on not only the quality but also the longevity of my life. I would encourage all of you to find something that you are passionate about and pursue it.
Sep 09, 2009
Jun 20, 2013