"When I was first diagnosed with MS, it was an unknown disease to me. I remember being so scared and certain that I was going to end up in a wheelchair. My biggest worry at the time was about my four young children, and if I was going to be able to raise them. But, they've all been very successful in their lives, and they are what I’m most proud of in my own life. Now, my favourite thing to do is to spend time with my three grandchildren!
MS is so different for everyone. One of my biggest obstacles is the fact that I don’t look like I have a disability. I have the “hidden” symptoms like fatigue, cognitive problems, muscle weakness and more. Many people don’t see that and think I’m fine. I struggle at times trying to keep up or to do things that I am not comfortable doing and there are times I just want to cry - I feel people see me as “lazy”. But I never gave into it, and I do believe that attitude has a lot to do with it.
When the MS Walk first started in our area in 2000, I was one of the original organizers of the event! I absolutely love being involved and participating in it. I have many family and friends who participate in the event with me. My husband Mark is my biggest supporter and works relentlessly to help pull off the MS Walk with me each year. I believe that I need to keep talking about MS as others need to too. Over the years, being involved with different events and seeing and talking to those who live with MS, I now know that it is not a death sentence, I can live quite well with MS! The support needs to be put out there and it isn’t going to get done if no one is hollering about it!" - Tanya.
Services and programs your fundraising supports:
- Financial assistance for special equipment and home care
- Supportive counselling for all those affected by MS
- Self-help groups and recreational programs for people with MS
- Government advocacy for people living with MS
Thank you in advance for your pledge to create a more hopeful future for those affected by MS.