Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Ann Romney talks about struggles and therapy at All Children's playground dedication

ST. PETERSBURG — Ann Romney opened up Wednesday about her experiences with physical therapy at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a therapeutic playground at All Children's Hospital.

Fresh off her nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, the wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney told an audience of medical professionals and select VIPs — very important patients — about the therapy she had after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis at age 49.

"To be able to just move and find joy in movement is a great blessing in life," said Mrs. Romney, in bright pink and pearls. She said she had been in a downward spiral before finding relief through the sport of dressage.

"I turned to a joy place for me, which is horses, and I turned to riding," she said.

She continued the themes she sounded in Tuesday's speech, downplaying any storybook aspect to her life and highlighting her personal struggles with MS and breast cancer.

"We're all limited. We may not know how limited we all are, but we all have our own limits and our own disabilities and our own issue that we may be struggling with in our life," she said Wednesday.

After the ribbons were cut and the microphones turned off, she paused a moment to watch 12 of her 18 grandchildren swing and slide alongside All Children's patients at the new playground. Intended as a therapeutic tool, it is was donated by the Credit Union National Association, which makes it a practice to leave behind a community project in convention cities.

Letitia Stein can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8330.

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