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)
I consider myself very lucky... I can still ride a bike, go for a run, work and live a full life. Multiple sclerosis became part of my life over 20 years ago.
When I was diagnosed there weren’t many treatment options available. Over 20 years later we have many more treatment approaches and knowledge available to help minimize the effects, burden and progression of this disease. 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 the MS Bike August 24-25, a charity ride where participants will cycle up to 300km to raise funds for the MS Society of Canada. Please help support me. Your generous donation will support programs that help improve the quality of life for those affected by MS and fund research for the future, a future I look forward to.