I'm participating in this amazing opportunity for two reasons: to raise money and to run. I run not just for me but for those who can’t. May 23, 2015, I was hospitalized for a week with a new diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The week was brutal; vision was blurry, left eye wouldn’t move, and I was completely off balance, causing me to run into walls. In other words, I looked like a drunk’n sailor. (And yes, you can laugh!) 13 blood tests, 2 MRI’s, and stuck on a hospital bed with an alarm to it while obtaining 1,000mg of steroids every day wasn’t how I wanted to spend that Memorial Day. After meeting with my Neurologist, he educated me with the stage I am in called Relapse/Remission. When life hits you with a situation like this, you have two directions to go; you can be sad for yourself or you can fight. I immediately started doing sit-ups and planking while my family was helping research the autoimmune diet and lifestyle. It was then that I refused to give up my life. Family members, co-workers, friends, and clients started to feel bad for me. Being the stubborn person that I am, I gladly rebutted asking why? I can fight this harder than any of them. (lol).
But how did I become the lucky one to be diagnosed with MS? It’s a combination of hereditary and environmental reasonings. Autoimmune disorders run in the family. I have a Great Grandfather that battled ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and a Grandmother that battles Parkinson’s. Then I was told that the further you live from the equator, the higher your chances. It so happens that my Vitamin D level was dangerously low on top of my massive stress level that I had at the time. All these are triggers to what could have been the reasoning of this new journey in life.
After my discharge, I slowly got my life back while being on an autoimmune diet and lifestyle, refusing to take medication. I also began to run again. I missed the open feeling and it felt so good to be back. Not long after I began, I decided to run Indianapolis’s Mini Marathon as a one-year celebrational victory. This time, however, I did it for those who can’t, my Grandmother included. The local paper did a short article on the recovery. I hope it brought inspiration and motivation to all readers and fellow MS social media followers. But not because I ran, but because you can fight your obstacles in life.
3 years later, I am still running and have yet had a relapse! In fact, last time I had an MRI, the Neurologist was impressed because two lesions in my brain shrank. Every day is a different battle; some are harder than others. But it takes prayer, family, friends, and determination/motivation to continue. My motivators during this were my family and close friends as well as Jimmy V, Stuart Scott, and even Rocky Balboa. I posted many of their quotes on a board and read them daily (and still do to this day). They help me fight. And one of the main joys I have in running is knowing that I can and I can do it for those who can’t. Now that I have a son, I am also running to show him the happiness in life. One day, I want my son to look back at his childhood and remember that his determined mother fought a non-curable disease; she ran for herself and for the world! Life is what you make of it, right? I want my son to know that he, too, can accomplish anything he wants and to “Never give up,” Jimmy V.
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