I want to start off this year by telling you a short story. My cousin has been suffering with MS for quite some time. The last year was especially tough for him and his family. In January his physical body was no longer able to fight this wretched disease. He was met by our grandparents on the other side no longer restricted by his infirmities. Arlen, you will be missed!!!
This last year has been taxing for most of us, and there is no denying that. Amidst a global pandemic, there are still those that need to fight daily for strength and courage to push forward. My beautiful Angel is no different. Brittany had to switch medicine last year because her white blood cell count was dangerously low. Should she have been infected with COVID-19 – at that time – she would have been in a bad place. She is now on another medicine that will hopefully provide her the protection she needs from MS and not have any side effects that will place her in harm’s way.
Help for her and our family is made possible through people like you who have chosen to help support us in the past. The MS society of Canada has good resources that continually help us, and others, learn more for our specific needs. Brittany and I continually help our children – Olivia and Alister – understand the limitations that we face as a family. BUT we also help them understand that we are very fortunate to have the help that we have and can do the things we do.
Brittany has good days and bad days, we get that! My plea with you is to try and help her have more good days than bad. I will join this fight again this year – in the middle of adversity – to show her how much I love her and want to help, by cycling my heart out. Any pain that I may experience pales in comparison to what she must live with daily.
Brittany’s favorite song has the lyrics:
“…'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive…”
Let us unite and “drive from us our useless cares” and show those that live with this disease that we will always fight and support, because that means the most to them. They don’t have to do this alone!
-Jerry, Brittany, Olivia and Alister de Winter