It’s that time of year again, where I turn my thoughts to participating in the MS annual BIKE event in September.
Unlike the guys I took this picture with on a recent ride, we all know MS isn’t a laughing matter. More than 90,000 Canadians have MS, a woman is 3 times more likely to be diagnosed than a man and it’s not just the person diagnosed but the whole family and their support system who have to make changes, once MS enters your world.
I am a fortunate one, who has benefited from the advancements in treatments due to research. I am able to maintain my abilities and continue the things I love, like cycling. Many with MS are not as fortunate.
Many people have learned over the last year what isolation feels like, due to the COVID restrictions. They say they are “sick of being at home, not being able to go to stores and feeling cut off from friends and family”. This is the reality of many people with MS on a daily basis. When the COVID pandemic restrictions end, isolation doesn’t change for those individuals with progressive MS and mobility issues.
Please help support these people and MS research, by donating to the MS Bike.