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When MS Blogger Marc Stecker accepted his wheelchair, the world opened up again.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: When he’s not hemmed in by a crowded New York City sidewalk, Marc Stecker likes to go fast.
Marc Stecker, MS Blogger, “Wheelchair Kamikaze”: Whew. Feel the burn. Got my heart rate up, burning those calories, eat my dust sister.
Dr. Gupta: Like many people with a disabling disease, at first he resisted getting the chair, which meant he became more and more isolated.
Marc Stecker: I probably actually needed one at least a year before I got one. Then my inner 12-year-old got the better of me — wheels and a motor and a joystick? In five minutes, it struck me: My world has opened up again.
Marc Stecker: Watch out, folks. I’m coming through!
Dr. Gupta: So was born the “Wheelchair Kamikaze,” Marc’s popular blog. The blog is much more than Marc tearing around New York and endangering pedestrians. It is followed by other MS patients for the latest research, by doctors who treat these patients, and by anyone who enjoys Marc’s particular brand of humor.
It was Marc’s wife, Karen, who made the wheelchair kamikaze a reality. Marc had to give up his profession as a videographer and photographer when he could no longer lift a camera to his eye. Karen gave him the camera that mounts on his chair.
Marc has the more rare form of multiple sclerosis called primary progressive, meaning the disease follows a steady course rather than doing its damage in a series of attacks on his nervous system.
Marc and Karen had been married less than a year when he was diagnosed. So this is her journey, too.
Marc Stecker: Scary for me, and I know it’s scary for Karen. But she’s still here. Wow.
Dr. Gupta: With Everyday Health, I’m Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Be well.
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