Nan Little was diagnosed in 2008 at age 62. Since then, she has ridden the grueling 450-mile RAGBRAI bicycle race across Iowa six times, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked to the Annapurna base camp, hiked the Inca trail and wrote a book about her experiences. Although a recent knee surgery has slowed her down a bit, she still rides her stationary bike regularly.
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Instead of planning for nursing homes, we decided to plan for life. Instead of redefining ourselves as caregiver and patient, we reaffirmed our relationship as partners, recognizing there would be changes along the way.