A Tricycle for Stone
Organized by: Stone Cairns
I bought the tricycle!!
August 30, 2016
For the last eight years, I’ve been dealing with chronic migraines. When you are in pain all the time - when you can’t trust your brain or body to see you through - life can get much smaller. I had to give up my work (and a lot of other things) and begin living on a small disability stipend. For a long time it was hard to get out of bed. Depression and anxiety were natural.
But there’s been hope. Four years ago, I began an intense commitment to dramatically alter my diet, eliminating dozens of foods that might aggravate my condition. That helped and my health improved but it wasn’t enough to get me back in the world. Last year, I discovered another piece of the puzzle - hot yoga. The result has been life changing. Amazing.
With the help and tremendous support of my studio, YogaRiot in Portland, I’ve been building a frequent (5-6 days a week) hot yoga practice. My overall health and fitness have improved. My depression has faded. I spend far fewer days in bed. I really want to go back to work and get off Disability. In fact, I’ve started a yoga teacher training program and plan to become a Baptiste Method yoga teacher.
All of this sounds great, but there’s a snag. The public transit that I depend on to get around doesn’t always run when I need to get to the studio. I use services like Uber and Lyft, but they eat up my tiny budget. Getting a ride from a friend at 5:15 in the morning is challenging. Walking is a little too far. A bicycle is a great idea but my migraines won’t let me balance and move like that on a consistent basis. There is one idea that will work - a tricycle.
Specifically, an orange, recumbent tricycle. I can sit in its chair-like seat like a pro. It has multiple gears and a lower center of gravity that makes it easy to handle - even uphill. With this tricycle, I could get to work at the yoga studio, visit markets for groceries and basically expand my independence. When I took a test ride, I giggled in happiness for the rest of the day.
Recumbent tricycles aren’t cheap but Terratrike has an excellent reputation for well-made, long lasting cycles. The tricycle, various safety features and a sturdy helmet will likely cost about $2400. This isn’t something I can afford on my own, but together we can make it happen.
I promise to keep trying, keep going to yoga, keep taking the next steps to improve my quality of life. I don’t like to ask for help, but I’m asking. Please consider giving what you can. Whether it’s $5 or $500, the vote of confidence means a lot. Please tell everyone you know (even people who don’t know me). Sometimes a simple thing can make a huge difference. This trike could be that for me. Thank you!