Can you imagine?
Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you get out of bed. That morning for me was on October 22, 2001...a morning I will never forget, and days to follow where I waited and wondered in a hospital bed what was wrong with me. I had lost all feeling on the right side of my body and wondered if I had a stroke...only to find out 3 days later that I had MS.
Following my diagnosis the doctors told me I had an 80% chance of recovery from this "attack". I remember thinking, "80 %? Is that it" and telling them, "That's not good enough" and swearing that I would recover 100 %. I had to rely on a walker to get around after being released from the hospital, as well as support from my loving family and friends. It's scary how quickly your life can change and I often wondered if I would ever be my old self again.
After many months of physical therapy I did in fact recover...100%. I was very fortunate to not have had any other "attacks" over the years but this changed on April of 2011, where I suffered from impaired vision in my right eye as well as having very little energy to do everyday tasks. After a lot of rest I again recovered from this "attack" and resumed living my "normal" life. In the last 2 years I have had 3 relapses and as a result I am now on medication to help control my MS. I am very grateful to work for an organization where I have full coverage for my medication. Thank God, because there is no way that I could afford $22, 000 a year for the rest of my life.
Like many people who have MS I have symptoms that have become my norm. Some days I feel tired and when I do, I get tingles in my body. Sometimes I struggle to remember things...I think it is because I am getting old, but this too is a symptom of MS. This is my story...and the story of many people who live with MS.
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. MS affects everyone differently. Some people are confined to a wheelchair while others may walk by you everyday and you would have no idea that they have MS.
A future without MS
I've registered for the MS Walk because 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. Not everyone has health coverage like I do and the MS Walk and your support can help and make a difference.
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. If you would like to walk with me and join my fight against MS please let me know!!
Thank you for your support,