Help Me Create a World Free of MS
March 7, 2020 No CommentsCategory: Activism, MS
Tags: MS, NMSS, WAlk MS, multiple sclerosis, national MS society
Last week, I chatted with Katie, a stay-at-home-mom of two from Indiana, who recently gave birth to a son. Two months later, Katie suddenly lost her vision.
Katie was having a MS relapse and she didn’t even know it.
Thanks to a random push from a stranger ;), Katie went to the hospital to advocate for steroids and to learn more about what was happening. MRI results showed 18 lesions on her brain and spine – she had Relapsing Remitting MS. Luckily, within a week of her steroid infusion, her vision started to return and she could return home to her newborn son and 5-year-old daughter. Now, Katie is in the pivotal process of wrapping her head around her diagnosis, and figuring out how to best manage her new life with MS.
When Katie and I last spoke, she told me about her fears and anxiety – all emotions we MSers can relate to. But one of the things I tried to stress to her – and to anyone who is newly diagnosed with MS – is that this is a disease with hope. A disease that’s come a long way, and has promise of a cure. Every single year new research studies, medical trials and new medicinal options are on the horizon thanks to funding from events, like Walk MS.
HOPE. That’s why I have chosen to participate in Walk MS for the past 4 years. I want to be apart of the change. A part of the cure. I want to most importantly bring HOPE to people like Katie who don’t know what to make of their new life with MS.
This year, I’ve rallied the inspirational and strong women with MS below from all across the country to tackle our goal. On the outside, they are strangers but to me, they’ve become my MS family. This crazy digital world has connected me to them and we are making a difference – together.
Thank you from all of us with MS 🧡