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Unread 11-09-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Last weekend I turned 43, and I did something I've dreamed of doing for years. I jumped out of an airplane! I went tandem skydiving, freefall from 10,000 feet, then a nice long float down. BEST. THING EVER. The weather was perfect, low 70's and breezy, and the trees were in full color. I didn't want to come down.

There is a place near here that specializes in beginners and tandem skydiving. They did an awesome job, and I have video from ground to plane and throughout the jump. The instructor let me "fly" the chute, and then he took over and did some really wild maneuvers. I think we did a complete loop! I had let him know about my MS and that I was feeling fine that day. He said the only thing that might be a problem was the landing because I needed to be able to keep my feet up, so if I felt like I couldn't to let him know and he would help me. It turned out fine.

I've been having symptoms that may indicate an additional autoimmune disease (like MS isn't enough!), and I was determined to check this experience off my want-to list. Who knows if I'll be physically able in the future? I would do it again in a heartbeat - I was ready to go right back up as soon as we landed. If you've ever thought skydiving might be something you'd want to do, I encourage you to GO FOR IT!
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Very cool! Happy Birthday!!
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Woweeeee whoooopeeee. What fun.!! Put your video online, so we can see it..

Happy Birthday last week. What a perfect day.

Take care of yourself and please come back often..
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Way to go!! And Happy Birthday!
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I am so jealous! I agree, put the video up so we can all experience it.
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Awesome! Happy bithday

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Thanks for telling us and Happy 43!
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Thanks, ya'll! I've been trying to get the video up, but I'm so technologically retarded that I have't managed to do it yet. I got some advice from a few techie friends, so I'm gonna make like Lizzie Borden and take another whack at it.
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Right ON!!! Keep jumping as long as you can!!!! I did my first at 55 years old. Had to quit because of my neck. It is such a good memory!!!!! soak up all the good stuff you can. Happy belated birthday. I turn 61 in 5 days, ginnie
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