How Paul turns no into yes

After getting his diagnosis, Paul thought he would have to give up on something he loves: riding his motorcycle. Some years later he realized that wasn’t the case. Find out what Paul experienced after saying yes to riding his bike.

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KATIE: I said no to asking for help

KRYSTAL: I said no to stepping outside my comfort zone.

PAUL: I said no to doing what I love.

EVERYONE: And then I said yes.

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And then I said yes

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How Paul turned his no into yes

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PAUL: The motivation for me to keep trying (…) was just that, um, I didn’t want to give up…

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Paul P., living with relapsing MS

PAUL: Uh, when I was first diagnosed with MS, I, I really thought that, uh, my life was over. I thought that I’d have to give up everything I loved. Um, I, I sold my business. I got rid of the motorcycles. I was looking, looking at a really sorry life. And, uh, it took me a few years to realize that, um, that wasn’t the case. … It was actually, uh, uh, having some issues with my teenage son that, uh, kind of drove me back into the garage, and, uh, dusted off the motorcycle. And I ended up, um, getting on the bike and going for a ride. And, uh, it didn’t take too long before I realized how much I really loved riding and how much, um, you know, riding a motorcycle really, um, how it made me feel, how it, how it improved, you know, things—my perspective on life, and, uh, and, and, and that was a turning moment for me to realize that you know um I could still ride a motorcycle.

PAUL: (…)maybe I couldn’t ride it the way I did before, but I could still ride. I could still get the enjoyment out of it,

PAUL: (…) Some of the struggles I face riding the motorcycle revolve around my, my memory issues… the ability to use assistive technology and smartphones and GPS’s and, um, I have a tracking device on the motorcycle. And, uh, there are a lot of, uh, technology that I’ve been able to use, which is, which has helped me, um, continue to stay riding. Learning my body and learning when my, uh, my body is giving me signs it’s time to, you know, take a break or stop and have a cup of coffee somewhere.

PAUL: One of the things that I discovered about myself, um, uh, when I decided to, to ride again, (…) is how passionate I am about riding, and how much I love it (…) having something so positive in my life, something I’m enjoying every minute of, um, can really help how I feel and my outlook of, of life in general, and just, um, it refreshes me. It brings me, um, full circle, kind of. It’s, uh, it’s an activity I love to do. And, and, and saying yes to it and, and, um, and coming back to it and, and you know, and riding again, it makes me happy.

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Paul is a paid spokesperson for Biogen and has experience taking Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate). He may or may not be currently on TECFIDERA).