Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world and, on average, 11 Canadians are diagnosed with this unpredictable disease every day. We don’t know what causes MS, and we don’t have a cure. Yet.
Antoine and I participated in our first MS Walk with a bunch of friends in 2004, few short months after I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 29. It was a great accommplishment for me since in January of that year, I was unable to walk on my own. We spent the next 12 years asking people to support us in the Walk every spring. After not participating in the walk the last two years, we are back.
My health was so good for so long that I considered myself quite lucky. At the start of the summer in July 2017, however, a new flare-up reared its ugly head and has not yet gone away. My neurologist changed my medication and we are waiting to collect enough data to indicate that I have progressed into the next stage of the disease (or not).
While I am waiting to see what happens with my own health, I am very aware that a friend of mine who has had MS for about 5 or 6 years, has not followed the same path that I have been blessed with when it comes to this disease. I participate in the walk as much for her as for myself.
Please join my team, or make a donation, so that we can help bring about new research, medications, and treatments.