Date hiked: October 2019 Area: Mulmur Bruce Trail distance: 4.9 km Difficulty: Medium Terrain: Lots of hills, but wide paths Parking: We had 2 cars, so one was parked off 1st Line E and the other off 2nd Line E.
Throughout the blog, I’ve mentioned that the Hubs has had health issues. In 2016, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS for short). It’s a rare disorder where the immune system attacks the nerves, causing numbness, weakness, and fatigue. If caught early, there is treatment to alleviate the symptoms, however if not treated, the attacks could spread to other parts of the body, causing paralysis. Full recovery is possible, but it varies from person to person. It could take a long time to fully recover, and many people experience lingering effects for the rest of their life.
Our family has been affected by the Hubs diagnosis, and we are learning and dealing with our new normal. He isn’t paralyzed anymore and can hike again at a slower pace, but the unpredictability of his fatigue is hard to manage.
This new normal has been quite an adjustment for us as being active and outdoors is a big part of our lives. I hope to interweave some GBS stories and experiences into this blog to raise awareness as well as connect with others and affected family members who have had similar experiences.
Date hiked: May 2019 Area: Dundas Bruce Trail distance: 15.0 km Difficulty: Medium for the most part Terrain: Wide trails, hilly, rocky Parking: We left our car at the end of Old Guelph Rd. next to Hwy 6. If you go from the other way, there is a parking lot at Dundas Area Conservation Area (parking fees).