Stories that are heartbreaking, heartwarming and inspirational.
Their backgrounds are diverse, their journeys different; but no matter the story, no matter the storyteller, these five testimonials have captured the hearts and minds of our readers and put the wonder in the phrase “three-wheel wonder.”
We call them Trikke Tales, stories that are, at once, heartbreaking and heartwarming; but above all, inspirational and a testament to the human spirit and the miracle that is the Trikke.
Here now, in no particular order, five must-read Trikke Tales about the wonders of Trikke carving vehicles:
1. From super disabled to Supergirl, thanks to her Trikke – East Texas woman’s Trikke goes from wheelchair substitute to fitness machine: The movie version would be called The American Patient, the story of one woman who endures years of debilitating pain and disablement. Then she found the Trikke and began to walk again, baby steps on the road to a brighter future and a happier ending.
Why it made the list: Less than 48 hours after publication, Elise Bennett’s heart-rendering story joined the ranks of blockbuster articles gone viral in the Trikke world. Aside from the story’s emotional connection, it also inspired dialogue about Trikke, as it relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
2. New England rider overcomes traumas, finds happiness on her Trikke: Ramona Nicolosi faced one seemingly insurmountable challenge another, including a tumor and depression. Then she found her favorite zen master and most perfect dance partner (hint: it has three-wheels).
Why it made the list: One of TWM’s most commented-on articles, including one from Ramona’s daughter, who wrote, “You trikked through adversity and rose to the top in physical and more importantly, mental health,” and another one from Trikke inventor Gildo Beleski, who wrote: “This gives meaning to our work … love to know it’s helping people to discover the joy in themselves.”
3. Ethan’s Story – Young Rider Meets Life’s Challenges with His Trikke: Not yet old enough to drink, Ethan Neuman has overcome many obstacles in life, thanks, in part, to his love for the Trikke, which he now says, saved him from being in pain and in a wheelchair, possibly for the rest of his life.
Why it made the list: The Trikke has been known to bring out the kid in many an adult, but what about a kid who’s an actual kid, who’s dealing with a gambit of chaos and disorder, from OCD to fibromyalgia? One of the story’s many comments read: “I’m amazed at how Ethan became a strong man from a weak little kid. Now I know it was all due to Trikke. Keep sail away, Ethan!”
4. From Tragedy to Triumph on a Trikke – Former female bodybuilder finds new life on three wheels: She was supposed to have it all, right? But after being hit with meteors of loss, tragedy and defeat, she felt “fat, ugly, sick and unhappy.” Then she saw a Trikke infomercial. Now she’s a Trikke Trainer and a familiar face in the Trikke world.
Why it made the list: Passion in, passion out. Carol Jennet has blossomed into one of the Trikke world’s most active Trikke Trainers and social media actors. Her bare-her-soul Trikke Tale hasn’t done bad, either. It’s been third on the Most Popular TWM Stories Ever list for months and is actually one of the few stories to crack that rarely-cracked pantheon.
Here’s what Trikke Tech CEO John Simpson wrote in Carol’s story’s comment section: “Great article, Carol. The Trikke community is so lucky to be able to call you one of our own. You are a breath of fresh air. Keep on carving!”
5. Trikke Saved My Life, Says Star of Victorious Video – Senior Citizen Wrote 20 Scripts Before Choosing Winning Submission: Larry Mehlmauer is having second childhood. “Not bad,” he says, “for a 70-year-old with heart disease, diabetes, a coronary stint, the list goes on.” Add to that a lot of pain when walking. But not when riding his Trikke. That he can do pain-free, thanks to the vehicle’s no-impact workout.
Why it made the list: Mehlmauer is the kind of Trikke rock star who’s so cool, he doesn’t plug into the Internet so much. Yet, cunningly, the Medford, Oregon, resident is able to drop media bombs here and there, like his contest-winning video, his TWM articles and even a shout-out in his local publication. Like Carol Jennet, his story was also able to crack the rarely-cracked Most Popular TWM Stories Ever list.
Not that any of that would matter to Mehlmauer, were he even aware of it. He’s just a man who survived a massive heart attack and is enjoying a second childhood on the T12 he won in a contest.
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