MY MS STORY
I was diagnosed with MS 8 years ago but it was 2017 when I decided this disease wasn't going to win. Over the years, I had experienced the odd relapse. I had double vision. I would become fatigued. I would have the numbness. I was still going about my day to day activities. Then November 1 2017 came along. One day I was living my day to day life and the next everything was different. I couldn't walk. I couldn't get dressed without help. I couldn't eat with a knife and fork. I couldn't sign my name. What was happening to me? Well, I came to find out that I was experiencing a major relapse. This relapse would put me in a wheelchair for a few weeks. It would have me living in our beautiful home but in the basement where there were no stairs. This is where I decided I wouldn't let MS beat me. Day after day I would do small exercises and then I transitioned to physiotherapy where the exercises have gotten tougher to challenge me. Each day, I sit down and document a "win" for the day. It may be as small as early on, I got dressed by myself. Or another might be that I was able to sign my name again. But I found writing these wins out, kept me motivated and trying to achieve greater successes. . Most importantly I kept saying to myself that I wasn't and will not stop living my life. I would not give up. During this time, I continued to do what I love. Travel with my wife. While it always hasn't been pretty, we made sure that MS wasn't going to take away what has inspired us for almost 20 years of marriage. That is exploring and experiencing so many different things. My message to everyone who is battling is don't stop. Don't stop finding a win in your life everyday. Don't stop challenging to be a better you then you were yesterday. Don't stop discovering what you can do when you have a goal and stay committed to achieving it. When you have a partner like my wife, friends who have supported me through this four month battle, and a team of doctors and support workers who won't let you give up, you realize a walk to help find a way to beat this disease is ever more important. Please support me and the thousands of others walking to BEAT AND END MS.
Oh and by the way you realize that you can still do the things that you were doing before that day that made you shake you head and say, "what the hell is going on here. Today I am back at work, walking around, using a knife and fork, signing my name and planning more trips!
Why I'm lacing up
Every day 3 more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory and mobility. We don't know what causes MS and there is no cure, but I'm walking to help change lives beginning right where I live.
Your support means families in our community who are impacted by this often devastating disease do not have to face MS alone.
Your dollars at work
When you pledge me in the MS Walk, your funds are invested into groundbreaking MS research and services for the 100,000 Canadians living with MS.
Services and programs your fundraising supports:
* Financial assistance for special equipment and home care
* Supportive counselling for all those affected by MS
* Self-help groups and recreational programs for people with MS
* Government advocacy for people living with MS
Thank you in advance for your pledge to create a more hopeful future for those affected by MS.
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MY MS STORY
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