NEWS - This past month I was approved for Social Security Disability on my first try. I have very mixed feelings about this. I NEED it, I EARNED it, I APPLIED for it, I was APPROVED. It’s just hard to look in the mirror and acknowledge that the government agrees that I can no longer contribute to the workforce. It’s the end of a chapter for me.
Over 37 years ago I was diagnosed with MS. Many of the symptoms are invisible (gait, fatigue, etc.), but they affect me on a daily basis. If you see me walk, I look drunk off my a**. Stairs HAVE to have a rail for me to hold on to, or I'm not going near them. If there is one thing you know about me is that I would like to see a cure found for MS. I have participated in this event for many years now, and raised over $120,000. Last live walk 3 years ago, I could barely do the walk, and this year, I'm not sure I can do it....but I am going to fight.
Why We Want to Create a World Free of MS
Having multiple sclerosis means that you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
What the National MS Society is doing
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from Walk MS to not only support research for a cure tomorrow but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we choose to walk for those who sometimes can't, because we choose to donate to Walk MS, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."