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Friday, April 1, 2011

Not So Black and White

While I won't be joining in an MS Walk with my family this year, my friend Bev will be.




Won't you join me in making a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater New England Chapter by giving what you can to Bev's team? She and her teammates are walking for those of us who can't, raising awareness and money to support research and assist patients and families in New England who are living as fully as possible with the variety of limitations and complexities multiple sclerosis imposes upon us.

While we might label the image above "black and white," it isn't that simple. It is actually composed of many shades of gray. Multiple Sclerosis is the label we give an autoimmune disease that affects every individual who has it in a variety of ways. The symptoms, and degrees of ability and disability it creates in those of us living with this demylinating disease are as diverse as the grays in the photo above and as unique as the people who have been given this diagnosis worldwide. (Approximately 2.5 million people!) No two people you meet with MS experience the exact same symptoms or respond to the available treatments in the same way. There are similarities amongst us, but this disease is quite complex. Every dollar and every day brings us one step closer to understanding this disease and perhaps one day curing it.

Last year many of you dug deep to generously support the MS Society, you helped my daughter raise well over $2000. I hope you will feel as compelled to support this worthwhile cause even without an adorable 13 year old (now 14) leading a team. I’m just not up to the physical challenge of participating this year, but that doesn’t mean I won't do all I can do help a friend who is walking the walk, by talking the talk here on my blog! 

Who knows, maybe next year I’ll walk myself, and leave my wheelchair, walker and cane behind. (Or at least have the energy to be present and pushed along like last May...)
 


To learn more about MS visit the National MS Society

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20 comments:

  1. :)Love the photo and the post Laura.

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  2. Thank you very much. I will make a donation to this very worthwhile cause... :)

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  3. i do hope you get to walk next year...smiles. thank you.

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  4. I'm sure you will be able next year

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  5. A great photo and an excellent reminder that there is much work to be done in the study of MS and many other diseases. ~ Calico Contemplations

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  6. I love your post, yes so many shades of gray. I know the feeling of missing the MS Walks but I enjoyed them when I went...
    kim

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  7. Thank you for the post Laura. We have someone in our family who has MS. And you are absolutely correct about the way it affects every one who has it differently. Shades of gray is an excellent way to describe (and picture) it.

    I hope you will be able to walk next year! But I also understand that one of the most important things with MS is to listen to your body and let it tell you what you are capable of.

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  8. perhaps next year. :) thank you for the post! wonderful photo!

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  9. My prayers will be with you and your friends on the day of the walk. God bless you and help you in your fight against this disease!

    On another note, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my last post. All the comments have helped me feel a bit better about not being the only one to speak too quickly in situations of conflict. I am glad that God has made me more aware that I need to work on not letting my emotions get the better of me.

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  10. Laura, thank you for the reminder. And I see you so clearly walking this walk next year.

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  11. Great photograph and a touching story. The wife of a good friend has MS and I support the family in many different ways.

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  12. Dearest Laura, even in spirit your support is so contagious! I would be happy to contribute to Bev's team.

    Love you,
    Deb

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  13. Laura, best wishes and a happy spring, full of fragrant blossoms.

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  14. amen!! i was in a wheelchair for 6 months, then the dreaded walker, then the cane...now i walk free!!! it can be done and it feels amazing. let your spirit fly free, everyone will feel your love. i am so happy to see you posting, it's not always easy, but it's always worth it!!!! xo

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  15. I will be on the side line cheery for those who take part in the walk..

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  16. Lovely picture, and I hope there will be a lot of people walking for you...;-D thank you for nice comments on my blog...Sorry I dont write og speak english very well...

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  17. You have such an eye for photography. Shades of grey, yes, but pattern and meaning too. You seem able to find meaning throughout your life.

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  18. Not so black and white is how I see the world too, Laura, and I also see it going in circles and cycles. And in this way, what you put out there is what comes back. I have made a small anonymous donation to Bev and her team. I see they are just over the halfway mark towards their goal; hope they reach it and hope next year you will feel strong enough to join yourself.

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  19. Definetely, lots visualize your walk next year.

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  20. What a heart wrenching photo which is even more touching in black and white. It need no title...your image says it all. It has made me think out just how fortunate I am not to be afflicted by this terrible disease. Thanks for the memorable post.

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