I have been participating in the MS Walk annually since my diagnosis in 2005.
I remember that time all too well. I was a first-time Mom (a very proud one too!) with a 10-month old son when I first began having symptoms. The numbness and tingling that started in my left lower leg quickly began to spread up that side of my body and down into my foot. It was such a painful feeling. I had to wait about 2 months for an MRI and by the end of that summer I was told the diagnosis.
I was devastated and the next 6-12 months were very difficult for my family and me. I lost about 15lbs and was seriously depressed. I thought I would be in a wheelchair in no time. I quickly started researching MS, reading article after article and educating myself on treatment options. Thank you to the love and support from my family and friends I made it through this awful time. I know it was also my son that kept me going during those dark days. I focused on him and would tell myself I had to beat this if I wanted to be there 10, 20, 30 years from now to make memories together.
I have been very fortunate and blessed with my MS. I have had 2 significant flare-ups over a reality long period of time. If this is the rate of progression my MS is taking – I’m happy!
I truly believe everything happens for a reason and my MS was a way for God to tell me to slow down and take in, with appreciation each day the gift of life. It has helped me to focus on what really matters and to enjoy every moment. I try and live for today and appreciate the fact that I am still walking (and yes running too!).
On May 3, 2015 I will be walking in the Orangeville MS walk with my family. I will be walking for several reasons. First, I walk to thank those that have been walking many years before me. Their efforts have ensured that newly diagnosed patients have a good prognosis, most current information, tremendous support and access to numerous treatment options.
I walk in faith that future generations won’t have to live with MS. That there will be a cure or prevention for this disease and it will be a thing of the past. The money raised each year helps fund critical programs, services and research for people with MS.
And lastly, I walk because I can. I thank God for this each and every day.
Please support me in the MS Walk by making a secure donation online or make a contribution to me in person…every little bit helps.
To find out more about the MS Walk, visit mswalks.ca. Thank you in advance for your support.