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 is estimated that approximately 80 000 Canadian adults have the disease, and on average eleven more people are diagnosed with MS every day.1
MS has been part of my life for over 15 years, my spouse Max is affected by this disease. Despite this, I consider myself very lucky… to this day, we enjoy participating in physical activities like cycling and running, travelling, basically living an active and productive life.
When Max was diagnosed there weren’t many treatment options available. More than twenty years later, we have many more treatment approaches to help minimize the effects, burden and progression of this disease for those affected and for society in general. Research has come a long way, but more needs to be discovered. New and improved therapeutic approaches are still needed and maybe one day, there will be a cure. Imagine life without MS!
I will be participating in MS Bike this August 24-25, a charity ride where close to 1000 participants will cycle up to 300 km in support of multiple sclerosis. Your donations will help fund research and support programs that help improve the quality of life of those affected by MS. The future looks promising, a future I look at with optimism.