Why I’m walking to end MS...
In August of 2016 I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. This diagnosis came after a year of medical appointments with my family Doctor as well as specialists, x-rays and MRI's to find out the reason for some odd symptoms I was experiencing.
It all began with a numb left hand that slowly progressed up my arm over a month and an 'electric shock pain' that traveled down the entire left side of my body when I looked down. After a month all the symptoms disappeared and I felt 'normal' again but my family Doctor and I were still in search of answers so the testing continued. My x-rays came back clean so my first MRI was scheduled and it came back with 3 brain lesions that were not in common with MS. My family Doctor wanted to keep digging deeper so another MRI was scheduled for 6 months later to see if there would be any changes. About 4 1/2 months after my first symptoms left I noticed my right armpit, right upper back and right breast was now numb. It was right in time for my second MRI results and there were still 3 brain lesions but one seemed to be bigger so I was referred to a neurologist to take a closer look. Right away the neurologist sent me for a spinal MRI and 4 more lesions were discovered. I was told then that I had MS and a course of treatment needed to be decided upon.
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. Every day three more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This is an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory and mobility. We don’t know what causes MS and there is no cure. Your support means Canadian families who are affected by this disease do not have to face MS alone.
I attend a MS support group that is offered at the MS Society in Sudbury, this program has helped me immensely but would not be around if it were not for fundraisers like this one. Many supports are given to people living with MS right here in our community and this is all made possible because of people like you who are willing to fight and help us.
When you donate to my fundraising efforts for the MS Walk, your funds are invested into research to find the cause and cure for the disease, while providing services to Canadians with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Thank you in advance for joining the fight to end MS.