Living, Loving, & Full-Time RVing While Caregiving
When Patrick Lang found a new life through sobriety, he had no idea that the road ahead would include full-time RVing while caregiving for his wife, Colleen. Today, the Wisconsin couple is currently roaming across North America. Wherever they roll, this dynamic duo is showing people itâ€™s possible to enjoy nomadic travel while managing a life-altering medical condition.
A diagnosis like Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) would stop many people in their tracks. But the Langs arenâ€™t like other people. Instead, they decided to explore the country for as long as they could with their two dogs.
â€œIt just felt like the right thing to do,â€� recalls Patrick. While the progressive, degenerative, and often fatal genetic disease slowly robbed Colleen of her ability to speak or walk, they went full-speed ahead and made plans for full-time RVing.
â€œAlthough Colleen was getting the help she needed, something was missing,â€� Patrick writes in their blog, Living on Lifeâ€™s Terms. â€œIn August of 2018, we decided to make the biggest decision of our lives. We decided to sell our house and almost everything we owned so we could travel.â€�
Their last camping trip was fifteen years prior, but a lack of RV experience didn’t stop them. â€œWe knew we had a limited amount of time to do what weâ€™re doing. We do it now or we donâ€™t do it,â€� Patrick said.
Finding a wheelchair-friendly RV
He reached out to Dune Sport in Arizona, an RV manufacturer building custom toy haulers. Then he worked with the company to create an affordable, wheelchair-friendly RV that would accommodate Colleenâ€™s mobility challenges, yet feel like home. For the finale, Dune Sport painted custom graphics that depict the coupleâ€™s philosophy of life.
Dune Sport made their adaptive toy hauler. Image: Patrick Lang
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