Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: Grabbing the handlebars at 50 and kicking chronic pain to the curb!
Lisa Whitham is not one to complain about her health challenges, but one to tell you about how excited she is to be riding her motorcycle – a 1995 Harley Davidson Sportster XL1200.
Born with a birth defect that causes chronic lower back pain and also battling the limits of Fibromyalgia, you’re not going to find her sitting on the sidelines. The Midland, Michigan dynamo, decided “disabled” was not a word that would limit her. She would rather grab the handlebars, skipping a does of medicine that could make for unsafe riding and deal with the pain and consequences after the motorcycle ride. She mentions, “I haven’t been riding motorcycle’s long. In late July 2011 my husband bought me a 1995 H-D Sportster XL1200. The only riding on my own I had ever done was on a mini bike when I was about 10 yrs. old. I had dreamed of riding my own Harley for years and frankly I never thought it would happen.
I had resigned myself to riding on the back of my hubby’s Dyna Low Rider, until he bought me the Sporty. I got my first learners permit shortly after we brought the Sporty home and my husband began to teach me how to ride. All the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) courses were full until seasons end, so I just rode around our local back roads for 2011. In January of 2012, I registered for an MSF course in June. As soon as spring hit, I was back at the DMV getting another 90-day learners permit and riding busier roads. When June finally arrived, I took my MSF course and passed, that made me almost as happy as having my own Harley! Soon after passing the MSF course I was back at the DMV getting my endorsement – woo hoo! I turned 50 and got my motorcycle endorsement on my license!”
We all know the common bond of riding with fellow motorcyclist and Lisa shares how much riding has brought her and her husband even closer. She told me, “ we now have a different closeness, one we didn’t have when I was just riding behind him on his bike. We polish our bikes together; ride to dinner, or to get an ice cream. It’s the one “hobby” (I hate using that word for riding.) we share completely. I would tell the ladies, if you are afraid, do it anyway. The fear will turn to excitement!! You will experience the greatest feeling of freedom you ever have.”
What an inspiration! Lisa’s in chronic pain and instead of falling into the deep pit of depression, she is full of excitement for riding and inspiring others.
Feel the freedom! Get out on two wheels; it’s good for you!