Repair MS ~ Sep. 2011 – Update and Injury

My daughter taped this update video on September 1st but I didn’t get it posted until today.

Last Friday, I took the most serious fall of my MS life.

I was walking up the stairs, just like in this video, stepping up with one foot and pulling the opposite foot to that level, you know one stair at a time. My walker was parked around the corner at the top of the stairs as usual. When I reached the top I leaned around to hang my purse on the walker handle. I lost balance. My legs couldn’t respond quickly enough and I fell landing directly on the walker wheel with all my weight on my right side. The result is a damaged rib cage and a regretful exercise vacation!

I’m amazed at how the rib cage influences every movement of the body! Breathing is a pain and laughing is well, not funny!

We’ll see how long it takes to heal to the point of exercising again! I’m amazed at how much I rely on exercise to feel well!

Have you taken any falls that have hurt more than your ego? Tell me about them in the comments below!


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. Sorry you took a bad fall. Hope you recover soon.

  2. Linda! I’m so sorry! Will that affect your trip? Yes, I have experienced falls that have hurt more than my ego. Nothing serious but a month or of pain in various spots. Not ribs though. They are a bear to heal. Tom had bruised ribs when he fell off his bike earlier this summer. He landed on a handle bar. I hope you don’t have fractures. Let me know how I can help.

    • Stephanie~
      I’m sorry about yours and Bills falls too! Pain is pain no matter where it is! I learned that I need to think before I walk (I almost said I need to slow down, but I can’t get any slower.)
      Gratefully the fall didn’t affect my trip! I was able to get in the pool this morning and I will every day until I leave for Alaska! My right leg is not bending (nothing to do with the fall) so I’m using the ‘noodle’ to hold myself up and exercise in the water instead of swimming laps! I’m having a blast with my parents!
      See you when I get home!

  3. I’m so sorry you had a very serious fall.. Hope you can recover soon.. So glad that you take time to exercise for your fast recovery.. Hope to hear good news on your next blog..

  4. Linda — hope you are recovering well from your fall. Looking forward to your next post and seeing how you’re doing.

  5. I am sorry for your fall also….We have these accidents. We also have those days when hubs has to carry us.

  6. Hi Linda!
    Yes I had a terrible fall May 15, 2009. I tripped carrying an armful of towels to my bathroom.Went facefirst into the doorjam. neighbor called 911 and the ems called a helicopter. 24 stitches in my face over my eyelid up into my hairline. Plus a bad cuncussion. My whole face turned black and blue. So now I use a rollator to help carry stuff upstairs 🙂

  7. It happened to me when I was still in 5th grade. I feel sideward and crushed all the bones in my left hand. Good thing my bones still healed and everything now is okey-dokey.

  8. Linda hope you are perfectly fine now. Hope that bad fall did not affect any bones. I hope you can recover soon. Just be careful next time. Watch your step.

    • Gold,
      I look forward to learning your name! Yes, I am being much more careful!!! Luckily I didn’t break any bones and I’m healed enough to get back to exercising!

  9. Sorry for that bad fall Linda. Hope you didn’t get any major injuries. But I am amazed how you are still managing your conditions. You are an inspiration to all. Take care of yourself.

    • Yes, My rib cage is totally back to normal and I’m going to report on my December 1st update that I’m doing so well I’m actually practicing walking with a cane again!

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