By JAMES HOHMANN | 10/20/12 3:51 PM EDT –
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Ann Romney lamented that her multiple sclerosis keeps her from competitive tennis, in an unusually candid moment talking with a handful of supporters here Saturday.
At a surprise afternoon visit to a Cuban restaurant, the wife of the GOP nominee said that wobbliness on the court was an early warning sign before her 1998 diagnosis with the neurological disease that still affects her.
“I was trying to figure out what was going on, what was wrong with me,” said Romney, 63. “I was very coordinated and athletic, and all of a sudden I’m falling and tripping and losing my balance and being so weak. And I was like, ‘Something’s wrong!’ That’s when I called my brother.”
The would-be First Lady was talking with a woman who teaches tennis and another who suffers from MS, both of whom actively volunteer for the campaign. She said she can still rally for a little bit sometimes and that clay courts make it more bearable. A question about whether she would get to still play tennis in the White House prompted a longer discussion.