It has been over 25 years since I completed my first MS walk. My dad was diagnosed with primary progressive MS in 1992. 25 year ago, I took part in the MS walk to support my him. Today I have registered in the MS walk for me.
In April 2020 amidst the beginnings of a global pandemic, I began to experience symptoms of loss of vision in my left eye. The first eye specialist I saw completed all necessary scans and nothing abnormal was revealed. The relief in hearing this news was tremendous. However, when symptoms didn’t resolve I sought further treatment and it was determined I had optical neuritis. This is an inflammation of the optic nerve and also happens to be one of the first symptoms associated with MS. I was referred to a neurologist and an MRI was ordered.
Since this time, I have had two MRI scans. The good news is that there has been no difference between the scans. The bad news is that the scans revealed 4 lesions on my brain. This, my neurologist informed me, combined with the optical neuritis indicates a 95% chance that another attack will occur in my future. For now, I have been diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome.
I do not know what tomorrow has in store; no-one does. So today, I walk. I walk while I know I still can. I walk with energy and vigor and hope and love. I walk to raise money for research and supports for people diagnosed with MS. I walk because one day one of these people very possibly will be me.
**Thank you for all the generous donations to date. I had to up my goal amount since the $1000 that I set out initially was reached within 24 hours! My heart is filled by so much support. Please know how much it means to me.