At the very time that “MotorMouth” should be gearing up and getting ready to face the challenges of yet another Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, I find myself facing a new challenge, a health challenge that unfortunately will not allow me to participate in this year’s event. I ended up in hospital recently after losing my balance in a rather severe manner. I have since learned that I’d had a few minor strokes. After extensive and excellent medical care in our local hospital, I’m now facing further appointments with both a cardiologist and a vascular surgeon.
I am at home now, receiving excellent care and supervision from my family and will be starting my stroke recovery journey next week as an outpatient doing a rehabilitation program. I have mobility with the assistance of a walker. My iPad has become a new found friend and sending emails is keeping me in touch with folks. I also have a new found love for exercise/physical fitness and a special diet.
For the first time in 22 years, MotorMouth will have to cheer from the side of the road. It will be necessary for me to reacquire my drivers license once I am back to ‘normal’. I will follow greatrace.com everyday to keep tabs on not only so many teams that I have followed for years, but to also learn about the new rookie teams.
Should you hear an extra loud cheer coming from afar…it’ll be “MotorMouth” wishing success to every participant and at the same time thanking my entire Great Race family for what has been an unbelievable life experience.
My goal…see you all at the start line in Buffalo next year!