Canadians have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world.
MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.
Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.
Women are more than three times as likely to develop MS as men.
MS can cause loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis.
MS was first identified and described by a French neurologist, Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, in 1868.
Those are easy. Those are facts. You just have to Google Multiple Sclerosis to find that information.
What is hard is describing the feeling of suddenly starting to lose your vision. It’s hard to describe the feeling when a doctor tells you that the problem is not your eye, it’s your brain. Search results will not tell you what it’s like to have a doctor say “You probably have MS”, or how long the wait seems to have the diagnosis confirmed…
Books cannot prepare you for how it feels when your children offer to help you walk because they see you struggling.
You can look at all the information available, but nothing prepares you for the feelings that come with MS.
You can also never be prepared for the wonderful feeling you get when friends and family show their support for your fight. Every donation made to myself or a member of my team helps give hope for a future without MS. It’s that hope that helps me get through all the hard times.
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 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.