I am a 53 year old retired Major from the Canadian Air Force with 24 years of service. I am 6 feet tall, brown/grey hair, and weigh 120 pounds.
I have had tours of duty across Canada and a couple of European postings. I have 2 children; a daughter who is a married registered nurse in Ottawa, Ontario and a son who is married and is employed as a Electronic Engineer at an aerospace firm in Peterborough Ontario. I also have 3 grandchildren. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with the neurological disease, Olivo Ponto Cerebellar Ataxia (OPCA-SCA3). I am still able to get around using a wheelchair, however, the disease is progressing.
I learned conclusively that I have OPCA after about 2 months of testing at National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa, Ont. The clincher came with the results of my MRI tests. However, I was aware for the last 8 years that symptoms were beginning to manifest themselves. My grandmother (deceased), my mother (died at age 75), my maternal uncle (died at age 54) and a brother (died at age 49) all had OPCA although they were diagnosed with MS and Parkinson's. Currently 1 of my 2 younger brothers have tested positive and are showing early signs. My greatest hope at this point is that I have not passed the gene on to my children, neither of whom wish to be tested.
I also have glaucoma which has caused loss of sight in my right eye. So that makes me a half blind cripple.
I used to enjoy playing hockey & baseball, fishing & camping etc. but have had to curtail most physical activity. Since my last couple of jobs in the Forces involved computer programming and systems development, I am fortunate to have some knowledge of information technology and continue my computer related interests.
I live in Trenton, Ont which is on the northeastern shore of Lake Ontario, about 180 kms east of Toronto. Have a cat "Johnnie", as well as several wild birds, squirrels and other critters that we feed regularly.
I graduated from St. Clair College from a Business Administration program in 1971, and since have taken several courses mainly in the areas of; logistics, transportation, movements, information technology and operational planning & analysis.
As I find myself with plenty of time on my hands and not a lot to occupy it, I would be happy to talk to you on any topic. Please ask me anything you wish.