Seaside

I was diagnosed with MS in 2010 and it was a turning point in not only my life, but also my marriage. The first few months were full of uncertainty and tears but the one constant was (and continues to be) my amazing wife Meg. In the first year, I lost more than some people do in a lifetime of battling MS. With every flare up the fear of what I might lose next is always present.

MS has changed so many things in our lives, but we will not let traveling be one of those things. As I transition into secondary progressive MS, Meg and I are ready to document and share our journey. And with our 8th Anniversary just around the corner I can’t help but look back.

Meg and I love Seaside Oregon, it's our spot. Last year we spent our 7th wedding anniversary there. In the past we just hung around Seaside; but this trip we headed out to find some of the other awesomeness that the Oregon Coast has to offer.

We were really excited to hit Ecola State Park, located just between Seaside and Canon Beach. The views from Ecola are ridiculous. And if you head all the way into the park there is a trail up to a little lookout spot where you can great views of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

Our first day was met with stormy skies and heavy rain. Good thing we love the beach, rain or shine; we spent the day being nerds in the sand. Something about the windy sea air brings out the smiles. Kites help too. Have you tried to frown with a kite in your hand? Impossible.

Photo Credit: Meghann Prouse @yeahrockout

Ecola had been on our radar for a while. For a modest price of $5 you get a day-use pass to some amazing views. The first vantage point is very easy to get to, a nice paved trail down to the lookout platform. If you keep driving into the park you will get to a beach and trailhead.

      

This hike up to the lighthouse lookout was a doozy. Lucky for me I have the best support system. It didn't matter how many breaks I needed along the way, Meg was right there. MS has reduced my pace, but it was worth the trek. I'm hoping to get in as much as I can before my limitations hold me back even more.

Just how far does Meg go to get the shot? Lets just say there was a 400ft drop just in front of her. Out in the distance is Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

We are lucky to have rad friends that travel around the Pacific Northwest and share the best spots with us. Our good friends told us about this little pull off on the Oregon Coast named Hug Point. When the tide is out you can get around the point into an alcove with an awesome little waterfall.

Photo Credit: Meghann Prouse @yeahrockout

We made it just in time to see the waterfall before the tide closed it off. This is now a must hit spot when we are in Oregon.

After a long day of seeing the gorgeous Oregon Coast we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest. We have a couple traditions in Seaside and the arcade and pizza are on that list. It was a long day, but well worth it for the good times and fun. Even if I got my butt kicked at Ski-ball.

The best part is being married to an amazing friend and partner. Since my diagnosis of MS we have grown so much closer. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my favorite person.

I love you Megs!
 

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Kellen

Kellen Prouse

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Disabled in 2010 due to progressive multiple sclerosis. I have started the Wheels & Red project with my amazing wife Meg. Wheels & Red is a way for us to share our story with the world. No matter what you are going through you can always find and adventure.

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  • Jill   Mar 7, 2015 3:21 PM
    I <3 that you guys are doing this... I can't wait to start a journey like this of my own. Thank you for sharing. From a fellow MS Warrior (or warriorette, I like to call MySelf!)
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    corky1959  Mar 7, 2015 3:48 PM
    Thanks for sharing your photos and story and i wish you well.
  • Steve   Mar 7, 2015 3:54 PM
    Loved reading your story, can relate to so much of it.
    My partner was diagnosed the same time and is now secondary progressive and has also lost nearly everyone close.
    Hope you continue your travels and enjoy .
  • Donna Pioli   Mar 7, 2015 4:07 PM
    What beautiful pictures. I've seen some of those places a while ago when
    My husband and I could drive. We loved car ride adventures and do miss them now!
    You are right to see and go to as much as you can while you can!
    God Bless!
  • Janice   Mar 7, 2015 4:34 PM
    Thanks for sharing your story. I'm sorry to hear that you lost so many friends. Life can be cruel that way. I loved reading your story about the Oregon coast. It's my own favorite place to be. I was even lucky enough to live there for 20 years. Last October I was told I have M.S. I'm lucky enough to not have many symptoms at the moment, aside from shakiness, clumsiness (I trip over things a lot), and being tired all the time. I'm not quite sure what I have to look "forward" to, but I guess I'll be finding out. Good luck in your journey.
  • Tammy   Mar 7, 2015 4:42 PM
    you've discovered our favorite places on Earth. When I started getting progressively sick we decided to do all the things we dreamed about for retirement before they would never happen. We left TX for the Pacific Northwest and found Heaven. We've traveled many places since then but it will always be my favorite. Thanks for sharing your story and the pictures that brought back wonderful memories. Next time you're there go to Camp 18 Restaurant outside of Seaside for us will you. I'd kill for a cinnamon roll the size of my head! :-)
  • Angela   Mar 7, 2015 4:52 PM
    Love your spirit and energy! 👍 outstanding photos too! Keep on keeping on! 😊
  • Patti Pomeroy   Mar 7, 2015 5:24 PM
    Thinkingoftatkingtraintooregan,fromsaintlouis,mo,mylastadventure,i
  • Pattipomeroy   Mar 7, 2015 5:30 PM
    Thinkingoftakingtrainupthere
  • Carolyn Cordon   Mar 7, 2015 8:22 PM
    I love your positive attitude, good luck with all you want to do!
  • ann marie   Mar 7, 2015 9:01 PM
    Your relationship sounds wonderful, Marriage is a mutual consent, support for your partner is important. What ever happens, you are both there for one another. Hang in there, and live each day to the fullest.
  • Kellen   Mar 7, 2015 10:25 PM
    Thank you all so much! Your kind words and encouragement are so awesome! Thanks for following our adventures! There are so many more to come!
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    SmartyPants  Mar 7, 2015 10:49 PM
    I really loved your post, I am the one with MS and I have a mate just as you do that loves me and will be there if i need him. We love staying at the Abode in Yachats. Your hotel room opens up to the ocean and rocks with waves thrashing just fifteen feet away. You don't need to leave just make it a place where you walk the beach, swim in their pool and their scallops are fantastic or the crab bowl, filled with crab and cheese.
    Yes it makes life worthwhile to find a life mate who will be there no matter what. It is a rare thing, many people would love to have what we have.
    Thanks for the pictures. It had been 8 years since i walked on the beach but we went south of hotel and found a easy access path to beach and because it just rained the sand was hard enough for me to walk with my canes. What a glorious feeling to feel the sea air and walk on my own.
    Enjoy Oregon, I look forward to reading more of your posts. Love, breathe and enjoy the earth while we are here.
  • Declan Groeger   Mar 8, 2015 1:53 AM
    Lovely story and photos. Fantastic memories that will live forver.
  • Siru   Mar 8, 2015 3:25 AM
    I Have a similar situation with my husband, we had been married 6 months when a stint in hospital confirmed Ms. He stepped up to the plate as my carer for half a year until I wa able to fully care for my self. Having partners and friends that really care and support us is priceless. Glad that we have a good ones
  • Linda   Mar 8, 2015 8:33 AM
    Thank you for the text and pics. You both are a true inspirations.
  • Deborah   Mar 8, 2015 9:17 AM
    You guys have an awesome outlook on life and you are an inspiration.
  • Irma Beeler   Mar 8, 2015 3:57 PM
    Thank you for the review of the Oregon coast with pictures. I see that you are still young, there is so much more to see on the Oregon Coast. Through the years that my husband and I have been together (26 years) we have stopped at every single turnoff point listed on Hwy 101. You will enjoy the variety. M.S. can deter the hiking, but now I use a walker w a seat, so I can sit frequently, and for long distance a power scooter, that I got on Craig's list for $ 400.00. So we do what we can. Enjoyed the pictures and the story.
  • NordicMA  Mar 10, 2015 12:56 PM
    Great story! You are blessed with a supportive wife and a positive attitude. I've had relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), for over 30 years. Had to leave a job I loved because of MS and miss driving.which gave me my independence. My husband of 21 years has always been there for me. He does all the grocery shopping because I can't any more. He also does all the laundry because the laundry room is in the basement. He also gives me my injections every other day. We vacation in Ireland, several times a year. People are so surprised with my cheerful attitude. I am just grateful for my wonderful husband and because my disease remains controllable for now. One thing I can control is my attitude and I still appreciate what abilities still remain. My advice to anybody who has MS: Don't give up! When I was first diagnosed the only available treatment was massive doses of steroids. Treatment for people with MS has progressed significantly and I hope it will be cured in my lifetime.
  • mg   Mar 14, 2015 1:22 AM
    this is great, I want to go to newyork to see the statue of liberty, do you know anyone who has done it with ms? if so what suggestions to they have.
  • Chrissy   Mar 19, 2015 8:54 AM
    Thank You! My husband is in the middle of applying for disability because of his MS. Diagnosed 6 months after we were married. We will take a similar trip for our 10th anniversary. We are so afraid how we will survive. But we refuse to stop living. We have known each other ever since we were 2years old and found a love that will last a lifetime......no matter what is given us!
  • Mirrob  Mar 24, 2015 8:45 PM
    Beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing!
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    butterflies4life  Sep 14, 2015 12:21 PM
    I myself were diagnosed in 2010 due to a Epstein Barr virus and neck fusion gone bad. I also suffer from Lupus and I am currently traveling as much as I can as well. Our family traveled to the Red Woods and Eureka, CA in 2013 because they feel it is so important to us to see the world. But my husband and son want me to see everything I can before it's too late. " Because tomorrow is never promised" they say. I am very impressed by your photos and wish I could share ours. They remind me of ours so much, and we had our special place also.😄. You both are so adorable and never let life or health bring you down.
    Brigette Roark-Schulz