I agree that exercise is a must. As far as the bridge timber incident, Gary has not always used the best of common sense when it comes to his disease. Yes he is stubborn, but I believe that is what has brought him back numerous times from near complete paralysis. He has always done as much as he could do. For instance, when he was still on a walker, barely walking, he used a roto tiller to prepare our garden in the spring. He would till a few feet and then I sat a chair behind him in the garden to rest. Then he would get up and go again. Each day that he went back to till, he went a little farther. I have seen him when he was WC bound, pull himself up to a standing postion, stand ofr 10 seconds or less, sit, rest, and do it again. He would be tickled if he could make it 15 seconds or 20. It showed improvement to him. I have seen him go from bedridden to back to normal in a matter of months by doing this, which is therapy. I feel therapy is the best thing you can do for your MS whether you go to a therapist or you do it yourself. The DRs prescription of sit back and rest just doesn't cut it, in my opinion.