I was fortunate to recently meet a young man from Sweden, named Andreas, who is following his dreams...and he is truly amazing! Andreas also has CMT, and years ago he began to search for a way to succeed in athletics despite his physical challenges. That search led him to find the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and a newly designed bike called an ElliptiGo, which provides a low impact workout...perfect for someone with CMT. With this bike, Andreas is stepping outside his box every day, doing things I can't even imagine...things that make my simple dream of singing seem attainable. And thanks to my friend M (CMT support group leader,) a bunch of us had the opportunity to meet Andreas in Albany a few weeks ago, and hear his story. Along with travelling around the world, Andreas has recently begun a bike tour across America on his ElliptiGo...with the goals of raising awareness of CMT, and trekking 6000 miles across the country. 6000 MILES...can you even imagine that?? He will be visiting areas I've only read about, making the impossible seem possible! It was amazing to meet Andreas, who proved to me that even with CMT you can reach beyond your limits. You can push against the sides of that box, until it collapses...and explore what lies outside.
Andreas on his ElliptiGo bike
So have I signed up for a 6 month CMT...it's no longer a MYSTERY singing tour, or even gone to Karaoke night at a local bar? Not yet...although I must admit--I kind of like that title! Mostly, meeting Andreas made me take a look at myself and my life; it made me question those 'in the box decisions' I've been making for so long. My future suddenly seems a little larger...filled with a lot more possibilities! In the meantime, I'm following Andreas' blog as he treks across America...please take this opportunity and check it out at the link below, and learn more about his story. It is well worth it!