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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