November is “National Family Caregivers Month”

In case you didn’t know it— November is “National Family Caregivers Month”.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than than 65 million people (29% of the U.S. population), provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.

For 15 years, the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), has recognized and celebrated family caregivers. Identifying Family Caregivers! is the theme for National Family Caregivers Month 2011.

Theracycle is an ardent supporter of “National Family Caregivers Month,” and we hope you’ll join us in supporting the mission of the NFCA to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who give so much of themselves to provide for the health and well-being of a beloved family member.

To join or donate to the NFCA visit: http://www.nfcacares.org/join_nfca/

“Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to have to be my life?”

Here’s another post from our friend and Guest Blogger Marc Sherman, who regularly chronicles what he calls his “journey and struggle through the life changes attributed to the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.” in his “But This is the Hand That I Shoot With” blog.

“Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to have to be my life?

By Marc Sherman

The quote comes from the movie, “Love and Other Drugs.”  The movie was both fluff and at times true to life.  The quote “Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to be my life?”  stuck with me, and made me wonder, is it my life?  If so, is it possible for it not to be my life?

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Help support “Ride With Larry” (A film of one man’s Parkinson’s journey)

A team of filmmakers, who all have loved ones with Parkinson’s, are creating the first film for the Parkinson’s community, by the Parkinson’s community that will help spark an international movement for research, awareness, and inspiration.

The film, Ride with Larry, follows Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now beloved small town baker, as he rides his bike across South Dakota, pushing his limits and expanding the boundary of possibilities for those with Parkinson’s disease. Weaved amongst the progress of Larry’s ride is an intimate portrait of the every day battle against Parkinson’s, the great minds working to find a cure, and the community love of Vermillion, SD that makes joined together to give Larry Smith one great ride.


The Exercycle Company (makers of the Theracycle) is a proud sponsor of Ride with Larry (including having furnished this Theracycle for Larry to work out on). We hope that readers of the Theracycle blog and others will join us in supporting this important film by contributing to the next state in its creation…

Read this message from Team Larry on how YOU can help!

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“Welcome” from Peter Blumenthal – CEO, The Exercycle Company

Peter Blumenthal, CEO, The Exercycle Company:

I’m happy to welcome you to The Theracycle Blog.

While part of the charter of this blog is to increase awareness of our motorized exercise bicycle (the Theracycle), we’ve also launched the blog to inform, assist, inspire and interact with people with movement disorders,

Twelve years ago, I was severely injured when I was hit by a car while on a bicycle training ride.

My neck was fractured and there was a possibility that I would be paralyzed. Miraculously, after many months, I was restored to good health. During those long months of rehabilitation, I discovered how difficult it was to use traditional exercise equipment. Initially, I just did not have the strength or endurance to get the exercise that I wanted or needed.

After my recovery, I heard about a motor-assisted exercise bicycle that allowed people who shared my frustration with traditional exercise equipment to be able to exercise. The name of that exercise device was the Theracycle and it was made by the Exercycle Company in a town not too far away from me.

I researched both the company and the industry. I was intrigued to find out that they made a great product but very few people knew of its existence. I then took the bold step to buy the company. My goal was to inform people just like me, who needed exercise but did not have the strength to use regular exercise equipment, that there were solutions to their exercise needs.

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The Joys of Weight Lifting… Despite M.S.

You may have already “met” Mariana (our friend and 6-year veteran Theracycle rider) who shared her own Theracycle Story in a prior post….

Since it’s been something that she really enjoys and gets great benefits from – Mariana’s written the article below “The Joys of Weight Lifting— Despite M.S.”
If you’re someone with mobility challenges who’s considering adding weight training to your exercise routine, you’ll find Mariana’s article a helpful primer in what to look for.

Since she’s “been there, done that” – her article provides some “tricks of the trade” and personal insights on exercises and equipment that have worked for her.
I think you’ll agree with me that Mariana’s words are both instructive and inspiring!

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Mariana: My Theracycle Story

One of the key components of the new Theracycle Blog is the inclusion and contribution of personal stories and advice from individuals who live with mobility issues and whom we know and respect.  We’re calling these posts “Theracycle Stories”

Our first contribution for Theracycle Stories is from our friend Mariana from northern New England, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago. While MS might slow others down, Mariana’s a spirited and tireless advocate for regular and vigorous exercise as something that’s helped her “feel more alive.”
Mariana’s writing up another article for The Theracycle Blog on her other favorite exercise passion: Weight Lifting. Stay tuned.

Here’s Mariana’s story…

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