Tuesday, February 14, 2012

MS Still Sucks

I don't really anticipate a day when Multiple Sclerosis will stop sucking.

In the meantime, I am going to beg for money.

A few of the kids and I will be participating in the Annual Walk MS.  The money raised goes to support those living with MS and those living with those living with MS.  We found the information provided by the National MS Society to be extremely helpful, especially for explaining the disease to our kids.  The Society offers support groups for those afflicted, caretakers and friends and family of those living with MS.  It also offers talks by various healthcare professionals and researchers on the subject.  We have appreciated the resources they have provided us, but more important is the money that goes toward researching this nasty disease.

So much progress has been made even in the last few decades.  Todd and I grew up watching the mother of a friends degenerate mentally and physically before our eyes.  That's what MS meant to us. That was the image we grew up with.  That is no longer the image people have of MS, and while it's no picnic, nor is it the slow death sentence that it once was.

For that I'm grateful to the many medical strides that have been made in R&D for treatment and earlier diagnosis.  I'm also grateful for a community that is sensitive to the specific needs of those who struggle with the disease.

If you have a dollar or two to spare this month, it would mean a great deal to me and my family if you would consider putting it towards the National MS Society via Team Smith's Walk MS Page.


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