Hi everyone! first of all thank you for taking the time to be reading this. My name is Stéfane Morin, I am 23 years old, I live in Kelowna BC Canada. I started this team for the 2021 Canadian MS walk that is happening on May 30th because I want to actually take action against MS so others hopefully wont have to go through the same things I have.
On the morning of May 17th 2019 I woke up and immediately knew something was wrong. I went about my morning and prepared for work, but knew something was off. I kinda ignored what was happening to me and got in my car to go to work. However it wasn't until I realized that the two cars ahead of me on the road were the same vehicle, that the immensity of the issue hit me. I was in such shock from when I originally woke up, that I didn't clue into the problem until I was in a dangerous situation. I had such severe double vision that I was not able to distinguish what was actually infront of me. I felt blind and could not trust what I was seeing before me.
A stop at a walk-in clinic lead to a day spent in the ER. It was 9 hours of tests and anxious waiting on inconclusive results. It wasn't until that night when I met with a neurologist, that I heard the word Multiple Sclerosis for the first time. The rest of that conversation with the neurologist is all a blur to me due to hearing those two words. As my partner drove me home I completely broke down and could not keep my self together. This day will always be ingraved in my memory as the worst day of my life.
The following weeks and months were immensly challenging. I only could see straight if I closed an eye or wore an eye patch. I couldn't work, and spent the empty days desperatly hoping that my vision would return. For three months all I could do was sit and wait for my body and eyes to heal.
It has now been almost 2 years since my ER trip and my eye are perminately damaged. My eyes are no longer capable of communicating with each other, and I can only properly see straight if I am looking directly forward. The last two years have brought a handful of new symptoms and with their own new challenges. But I am proud to say that I have overcome my previous challenges and will succeed over my future obsticles.
I would not have been able to get through any of this if it wasnt for the amazing support of the hardworking staff at the Kelowna MS clinic, my friends, family and my partner. This is why I am here today asking for your support, if it was not for the resources I have available to me, I am not sure where I would be today. With your support we will be able to proudly say that no one with MS will be left alone and without help. With your support we will be able to move further in research to end this desease. We will be able to develop new and better medication. We will be able to put an end to the suffering and pain this desease has caused to millions of people.
Due to COVID, I understand that not everyone is in a place where they feel confident finacially to donate. So all I ask is you do what you feel you can do. If you want to donate, we thank you. If you cant donate, join our team and lets fundraise together. If you cant join our team, share my story and the link to this page so that others can help as well. But if you have read this far, I hope that my experience with MS gives you the motivation to take action; because together we can make this a MS free world! I am so thankful for any and all support from you as it gives me hope that a cure for this unforgiving disease will be reached in my lifetime.
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