Walk MS is coming up in April. I updated my “Why I Participate” section on my website there and just thought I would share it here. I am a strong supporter of MS Fundraising efforts. Let’s find a cure, already! 🙂
Why I Participate:
I still remember that day so vividly. It was May 2012 and I was sitting in the lunchroom at work and we were discussing that Jack Osbourne had just been diagnosed with MS. It was so sad for him. He was so young. He’d no doubt end up in a wheelchair some day. I didn’t know anything about MS except Montel also had it and now Jack and he was basically my age.
Two short months later in July, I was at work training some reps from our out of state location and I kept tripping on my foot. It was weird but I thought I must be walking too fast. That was a Thursday. Friday, my left leg was really heavy and it was hard to walk. Saturday, I went to Urgent Care because as I climbed out of bed that morning, I face planted on the floor because my whole lower left side was numb and I couldn’t feel my leg. I assumed I must have pulled a muscle. By Sunday night I was in the hospital and received the news that I had 6 lesions in my brain and I had Multiple Sclerosis. I was told I was lucky that I only had 6 but where they were located in my brain was troublesome. My largest lesion sat directly where my brain communicates with my legs regarding walking. My second largest impacts my cognition. When I left the hospital four days later I was on a walker. The doctors weren’t sure how much of my leg strength I would recover. I was in physical therapy for 3 months learning how to walk again. I now walk with a slight limp and often with the aid of a cane or walker. You best believe I RAWK THAT WALKER too.
This will be the 3rd year we participate in the MS Walk. My kids call it the Orange Parade. Not only have I learned to walk again but I have learned to live with a disease that battles me every day. Not every day is good; some are definitely harder than others but I am still here. Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS.
Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
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