An Apple Picking Hike along the Boyne River

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.

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome

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.

The Hubs felt ready to share his story, so I hope you take the time to read about his journey with GBS here.