My name is Brian Whalen, a 33 year-old widowed father of 8 year-old Zachary, and I am living with MS. I was diagnosed in 2010 but had been experiencing symptoms such as periods of blindness and severe muscle spasms for at least 5 years before that.
Before my diagnosis I worked as a nurses aide at York Care Center but am no longer able to work to support my son.
I now find, in addition to the severe musicle spasms I am dealing with short-term memory loss. It appears also that the filter in my brain that tells me what to say and, more importantly, what not to say is being destroyed and from time to time will say things that are very inappropriate.
This year I have been invited to be honorary captain of the Myelin Defenders and along with co-captains Judy Edwards and Angie Peters ask for your support in the quest to end MS.
Can you imagine?
Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. It?s estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.
?a future without MS
I?ve registered for the MS Walk because, along with Brian, Angie and the rest of our team I want to do something for everyone who lives with multiple sclerosis. The MS Society is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services, and the MS Walk has been a critical part of the MS Society?s fundraising efforts for over 20 years. Proceeds from this event and others like it provide support and services to help those living with this disease, their families and caregivers. They also fund research with three primary goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks. By supporting me, you too can make a difference in the life of someone with multiple sclerosis.
I am part of the MS Walk because I believe we will end multiple sclerosis - with your help we can get there. Please give generously.