Friends and family expected Ken Cruickshank to continue playing sports, traveling, engaging in mischief, and raising an active brood after he married his soulmate, Karen. Indeed, all was proceeding to plan until an invisible enemy strengthened its grip on his body and mind. Goals, abilities, and many dreams grew forever affected by progressive disease. After an accident crumpled his weakened body, the author dug deep to rediscover the optimism and hope he’d once considered his essence. Ken realized that the illness he blamed for stealing his identity was also the path to wisdom and a life of fulfillment. Stand Up is not a story of the science and medicine of chronic illness; rather, it is a poignant and engrossing revelation of how families and loved ones can overcome nearly any trial set before them. But most of all, this is a memoir of perspective, perseverance and hope.