Romney was addressing only a handful of supporters at an afternoon surprise visit to a Cuban restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the couple is campaigning now in this crucial swing state.
Diagnosed in 1998 with the neurological illness that continues to affect her, Ann said that the first warning that something was amiss was wobbliness on the tennis court.
“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.”
Ann said that although she cannot play the same kind of tennis she did before the MS set in, she is still capable of short rallies on the court, and playing on clay courts makes the game more bearable.
In a previous mention of her MS last spring when it had flared up, giving Ann a “real scare,” Ann had said that she needs to remember not to push herself too hard.
“I’m holding up great,” she said Saturday. “It’s because I’m not always on the trail with Mitt. I do my own thing. It’s the girls’ trip. It’s much easier, so it’s not as intense. It’s pretty intense on that bus.”
After less than half an hour at the Cuban restaurant, where about 40 supporters listened to her words, Romney left with a Cuban sandwich and a side order of shredded beef. The bill totaled $29.50, including a $10 tip.