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After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis, This Cyclist Found Freedom on a Recumbent Trike

After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis, This Cyclist Found Freedom on a Recumbent Trike

Name: Lucia Saitta Age: 60 Hometown: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Occupation: Paralegal Time Cycling: About 10 years Reason for Cycling: I wanted to stay a step…

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Name: Lucia Saitta
Age: 60
Hometown: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Occupation: Paralegal
Time Cycling: About 10 years
Reason for Cycling: I wanted to stay a step ahead of my multiple sclerosis—I was not ready to give up or give in!

It has been almost 15 years since my multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis. Honestly, that was a dark day for me. For about a year, I became withdrawn and depressed . My neurologist at that time told me that I would be in a wheelchair and unable to walk within 10 years. I knew I had to change the trajectory of my life. So I decided to turn my “pity party” into a goal to beat MS!

I started to volunteer at various cycling events that raised funds to find a cure for my condition. Through that, I was approached by a friend, Roland Hoffman, who asked if I would like to ride tandem with him. At that time, I felt too weak to ride a bike , so I was hesitant to try—but eventually, I did.

At the beginning, Roland would take me on his tandem around my block so I would feel comfortable on a bike. Eventually, we rode several Bike MS: Bay to Bay bike tours for multiple sclerosis research. I became comfortable and motivated to ride more. We continued to ride together until I purchased a recumbent trike of my own. This allowed me the freedom to ride solo.
Flash forward to last month, when I attempted my first Ironman —the […]

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