Thursday, February 16, 2012

MS. Understood

I Fight Because...
...having multiple sclerosis means that I may not be able to walk when I wake up. Or that I may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that my memory will fail me for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different for everyone - the only certainty is that we are making new strides every day in the fight against MS. husband and 3 children shouldn't have to take care of me.  MS research is ongoing, and hopefully someday there will be an answer, a cure.
...I have to!

I Walk Because...
...I want to do something for the people, like me, living with multiple sclerosis. Today, there is no known cause or cure for MS. With a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.  I was 30.

Every hour of every day someone is newly diagnosed with MS. I am walking for them.  I walk for ME.

Donate Because...
...the National Multiple Sclerosis Society uses funds collected from Walk MS to provide help for today through programs and services and hope for tomorrow through ongoing research for a cure.

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 hear the words, "You have MS."

On April 28th, along with family and friends, I will be walking...for WalkMS Indianapolis.  My team, MS. Understood, has a goal of raising $1000 for the National MS Society, and my personal goal is to raise at least $500 of those $1000.  

People, MS is real.  MS is exhausting.  MS is sometimes painful.  MS is heart-breaking.  MS is not understood.  It's not curable.  It's a life-changing diagnosis.  MS is real.

I'd love to have you join my team!  If you're "local" and have a spare morning on April 28th, I would LOVE to have you join my team and walk alongside me!  You can sign up to walk here.

If you're not local or don't have the time, I'd love for you to donate to my team!  Each team's donations help to fund research, through the National MS Society, which could someday find a cure for, or at the very least a reason behind, MS.  Please, consider a donation to team MS. Understood!  You can donate here.


Some of you need more options.  Here are a couple:

For the month of February, EatSmart will donate 50 cents to the National MS Society for every new Google+ "like."  It's easy and FREE for you!  Run on over to EatSmart's Google+ page, like them, and "donate" 50 cents!  (Wanna know more about why?  Check out my post on the EatSmart blog!)

Now through the end of April, WunderUnders will donate $5 of EVERY embellished trainer to my team's fundraising efforts!  Danielle from WunderUnders is an amazing, sweet mama.  She'd love love love to make you a cute trainer (or 5) and she'd also love to donate to my team!  Please visit WunderUnders on Facebook and make your purchase today!


Friends, I am so very thankful for each and every one of you and your support over the last few months!  You've all shared some great, inspiring words with me!  I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you can, I'd love to have you walk alongside me or donate to my team.  I am forever grateful for the love each of you show every day!


Allison Barnes Collection said...

My sister-in-law was diagnosed with MS probably about 5 years ago now - and she's now 33 years old. Her and my brother are recently married and they are planning to start a family in the next couple of years. She has good days and bad days but they don't knock her spirit. Thank-you for sharing your news with us.

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