The 2017 MS Walk is quickly approaching. As a participant and team captain I have decided to take a break from an annual fundraising event. I am finding it increasingly difficult to solicit friends, family, and neighbours for donations or to join my team. As I have lost loved ones from heart disease, cancer and MS I know that life is busy and there are many worthwhile causes and fundraisers to support.
MS is something I live with every day. My husband and children also deal with it on a daily basis. This is our reality. I don't have the luxury of forgetting I have MS, although there are times I choose to pretend everything is ok. This year I am not asking for donations but I will not turn away the support from friends and family who wish to donate or join my team. I choose instead to focus on the walk with those that have stood by me through the darkness as well as the positive and inspiring times. The walk is one of the most positive and inspiring moments in my life and each year I look forward to the overwhelming feelings of support and hope.
MS has taken a lot away from me, it has changed me and the path I had intended for my life. Through all of this I am reminded that I am not alone. I am surrounded by my family and friends. This years MS Rock is smaller and quieter but we are still here and still walking to End MS.
January 27th, 2016 marks my 5year anniversary with MS.
5 years ago I woke up with a numb thumb. When I reread my blog from five years ago it feels like it was yesterday. I remember knowing as the days went on and the numbness progressed that it was something bad. While I knew it was bad I still had to go through the stages of denial, anger, sadness and acceptance. It's been five years of highs and lows where I've gone through those stages many times.
The constant that has helped me get to where I am today is the hope and support I have. My team, MS Rock truly is my rock. I am filled with immense pride that they are always there to support me and the fundraising and participation in the walk gives me the hope I need to fight another 5 years.
I still dream of a future without MS, and that my children will never be affected by this monster like I have been. Through our fundraising efforts we can help make that dream a reality.
Please help us END MS by making a donation or joining our team.
This years walk takes on special meaning for me. In September 2014 after a 19 year battle with MS my mom passed away. 2015 also marks 4 years since I was disgnosed with MS.
These pastyears the relationship with my mom changed. We grew closer as we were now both fighting a fight against MS. I also took on a caregiver role with my mom. It was an eye opening experience for me and I gained a new appreciation for all those MS caregivers.
On April 26th, 2015 I will walk in remembrance of a woman who had so much strength and acceptance despite the obstacles she faced. I also hope to walk alongside my new granddaughter. I will walk in remembrance of my mom and in hopes of one day finding a cure for MS so that my children and grandchildren will not have to face what my mom did.
Why I Walk...
To me the MS Walk has become so much more than a fundraiser to me. It has become a symbol of hope for myself, my family, my friends, for everyone whose lives have been affected by MS.
I fundraise for MS because it is a cause that is close to my heart. I have lived the past 18 years as a daughter of someone with MS, the past 10 years as a niece of someone with MS and most recently three years ago I became the "someone with MS"
But with that new title also comes the fact that I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, coworker...... with MS. All of those titles bring along people who love and support me in my fight against MS. The walk is a symbol of hope for me and for my future. It also gives me hope for my children, seeing that many people gathered together and the funds raised, all for one cause, to END MS.