Dear Brenda, I have been so inspired by your journey. I was thinking about selling my bike this spring due to my increasing chronic pain and my hands getting worse. I am programmed to never give up but living with chronic pain makes you face reality sometimes when you really don't want to!!!
I started riding at 43.I had only been a passenger a few times in my life. My parents are in the medical field so I was forbidden when I was young ;). Anyway, I picked up my brand new 2008 Purple Haze 1200 Sportster Low in March, the day after I got my temps! I was really hoping I liked to ride after dropping that much $$! I took the very first Harley Riders Edge Safety Class @ 3 weeks later in April with snow still on the ground! During the 3 weeks before I took the class, my husband and brother would take me on rides. I would ride my Sporty between their really LOUD Fatboys!!!Took a long time before I knew what my bike sounded like ;) During the class, several of the women and men asked me how long I had been riding. When I told them this was my first time and only had been riding for the last 3 weeks they were very impressed by my skills! I took to it like a duck to water and I love to ride! Even though I have many days I have to ride with my husband due to chronic pain from Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Migraines, Allergies, Blah Blah Blah...I still go when I can and ride my Purple Sporty with great pride as a woman rider when I can. Pain or no Pain, I WILL RIDE!!!!!Thank you for your inspiration and influence in helping me decide to keep my bike and not give into the pain!!! Ride on Sisters!
Lots of love, Sarabeth Salan Stielow