EVENT: Mudderella NY/NJ 2016
So where to start.. I've decided to do the Mudderella for my own very personal reasons and the emotions I have, I cannot quite put into words as yet. HOWEVER, I have come a very long way on my journey and I have chosen to instead, raise funds for my best friend, Noelle. If you know me well enough, you will know Noelle also. I sing her praise to so many bc she is such an inspiring person. I met Noelle in college and we clicked instantaneously. After graduating, I learned that she was diagnosed with an awful disease that attacks her body. Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease characterised by hardening (sclero) of the skin (derma). In the more severe form, it also affects internal organs. Although this disease has been trying on Noelle, she remains feeling blessed and holds her head high. Her life situation is no fairy tale but still, she really is the most grateful person I know. She has been battling this disease along with other complications for over 10 years now. This past year has been particularly difficult with not only the symptoms associated with Scleroderma but also being diagnosed with numerous other conditions, pericardial effusion (fluid surrounding her heart), hiatal hernia, and neuropathy, all relating to Scleroderma. I wont keep you here any longer but let me just say- If we all can look outside of ourselves and what we are dealing with and instead, help a friend, the world would really benefit. Please consider making a small donation for my best friend. I know how hard it is seeing her deal with this, put yourself in her shoes.