MS has always been part of my life. I watched my Aunt Sue, who was diagnosed in her 20’s, live a challenging but meaningful life while navigating significant disability. She died in her 50’s of complications related to her MS.
Despite being a physician and a family member of someone with MS, I didn’t really know much about it, until I was diagnosed in 2017.
Since that time, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know.
Fortunately my condition has remained stable and I have so many things working in my favour. There are new medications that help prevent recurrence; I have a supportive family; I have the advantage of knowing how to navigate the healthcare system; I have a drug plan which covers my very expensive medications, and I have a job that allows me to adapt to my needs.
Not all Canadians with MS have the advantages that I do.
That is why the MS Society is such an important organization! It provides emotional support for people who are newly diagnosed. It helps people access funding for drugs and supplies. It supports research and is a central place for gathering timely and accurate information about MS.
To raise money for this very important cause, my dad, my brother and I (The Bowcycle Team) will be cycling together on July 20th. We plan to ride 100km and I’ll join for whatever feels right for me that day.
Thanks so much for your support.