About a year ago, after months and months of tests and doctors and poking and prodding, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. When I first heard those words, I pictured myself at 35 in a wheelchair with about 20 cats, living in my mom’s basement. I’m really more of a dog person, so this was a devastating thought. Now I know that couldn’t be further from the truth. This past year I’ve learned so much about this autoimmune disease, and sooo much about myself. I’m hoping by raising awareness, I can help to break down the stigma that I once had about MS and help just one other person who may be going through something similar.
This journey has made me realize just how precious life is. I’m learning to stop criticizing my body for everything it isn’t and celebrate everything that it is. Every day I can walk, run, jump, move, dance, I will! I’m learning to live in the moment because I have no idea what the future holds, but the reality is, none of us do.
On October 8th I will be running the Newport half marathon in honor of those with the disease that can’t, and to prove to myself that I’m a strong independent woman who don’t need no stinkin myelin! (Just some pharmaceutical synthetic version of it).
Please consider helping me raise money for the National MS society to continue the research that is life changing to millions of people with the disease. Because of the progress that’s been made so far, I plan on living a symptom free life to the absolute fullest.