|Initial Diagnosis: Relapsing Remitting MS|
Age at onset: 44
Current Diagnosis: Secondary Progressive MS
Rebecca had always led an active life and was determined that was not going to change when she was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000. An accomplished athlete Rebecca loved showing her riding skills in competitive horse showing, and enjoyed her job with the local Sheriff’s department. However, Rebecca experienced balance issues and toe drop in 2001 and these mobility issues forced her to give up the job that she had held for 22 years.
Rebecca’s multiple sclerosis developed over time to secondary progressive and despite her best efforts found herself needing to use a scooter to get around in crowded situation, although she is still able to walk with crutches. She continued her gym program and even embraced a boxing program to improve her balance.
In 2012 Rebecca was hospitalized with an infected hamstring and had to undergo surgery. Post surgery complications meant that she was inactive for around three months, losing a lot of muscle mass in her legs, and reducing her ability to walk.
Rebecca attended the San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Center to aid her post surgery recovery. It was here that she first rode an RT300 and was introduced to functional electrical stimulation. She loved the workout, seeing her muscles working and returning to a normal size, feeling so much stronger, and decided to get her own RT300.
Rebecca recognized the value of using RT300 as often as she could, at least 3 and up to 5 times a week. She is delighted with the improvements that she is seeing, muscle growth, spasm reduction, and being able to lift her toes and heels when she walks. Overall her legs are so much stronger, as Rebecca cycles using her own volition in combination with comfortable and effective stimulation levels.
Her advice to others with multiple sclerosis, “ get RT300 and use it!” Rebecca believes that staying active and living life to the full is the key to staying on top of this disease and her RT300 sessions are a critical part of her weekly routine.