After being diagnosed with MS in 2001, I cried. I cried because I was scared for my future. I cried because I was newly married and was worried my husband would not want to stand by me. I cried because I thought I would not be able to have children. Most of all, I cried because I felt alone and had no idea what MS was or how it could impact my life. I am now 18 years post diagnosis and am incredibly fortunate to be where I am today. Happily married for 18 years, two sons (13 & 14 yrs old) and an active lifestyle is more than I could have imagined. I'm proud to say...since 2006, I personally have raised $48,713.58 to contribute to research, programs and services for those dealing with this disease. After years of doing subcutaneous or intramuscular injections (self-administered needles under the skin or in the muscle), I started taking an oral medication which would not have been discovered without the research made possible from funds raised from events like the MS Walk. There are still some risks that come along with this medication (low WBC count, risk of infection) which is another reason to keep searching. Although I deal with may challenges day to day, I have been without a new relapse for the last few years which I am so grateful for. I am hopeful that one day I will no longer need to take medication.
An estimated 100,000 Canadians are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it can affect younger children and older adults. MS is unpredictable and can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial. Currently, there is no cure but each day, researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it. There are different types of MS, some more debilitating than others but all challenging to deal with.
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.