“Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease”. (SOURCE: “What is MS?” - National MS Society)
Sadly, I knew the face of MS some 20-years before it affected a member of my family. In the 1980’s my dearest friend confided to me of her sister’s MS. In 1992, this aberrant disease took her from her family, friends and daughter. She was 34-years old. At just about the same time, a good friend and co-worker was diagnosed. Her immediate concern was, “What have I done to my children?” Her only thought was not for herself but the fear that she may have passed along the MS gene to her 3 young children. Treatments had begun to change and although Susie needed a wheelchair early on, she never lost her smile. Today, she maintains her positive attitude and her playful grin. In ’94 I had a roommate whose mother and both sisters all had MS and all were affected in different ways.
Before active fundraising events became popular, I would simply write my annual check in hopes research would find a cure. Yes, I had seen the ugly in MS; it was baffling. It seemed epidemic.
Although treatments have come a long way, MS is still a mystery.
When I heard Tom had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I remember saying, “Oh my God, no!” I questioned, what’s with this MS? I was ticked off at this plague. Like Susie, Tom keeps his attitude positive and his devilish smile never wanes. But, this diagnosis made me feel the need to become more personally involved by volunteering for MS walks, bike rides and The Challenge Walk as a photographer, SAG, Rest Stop Crew Chief and whatever was needed Eventually I trained and walked in Challenge on Cape Cod in 2008. Like hundreds of others I walked for Tom and Susie and the thousands who cannot. I contributed financially as well but I also sought the support of friends in helping me raise money. I have been truly blessed with a tremendously loving and supportive family and the most generous of friends.
Dear friends, it is that time again. I will be at Challenge Sept 11-12, 2010 as a Certified Reflexologist. I will be helping folks by caring for their bodies, minds, spirits, souls and soles through foot reflexology. I hope I can count on your support once again, to contribute whatever you are able, to help us eliminate MS. (You know the gig, just click on support Jeanne) Or, we are raffling again. I will forward raffle info as soon as it is available and you can purchase raffle tickets for some goodies - not the least of which will be a FREE reflexology session with me - equilibrium reflexology where you can "experience the balance ".
I thank you in advance for the assistance in sponsoring me, my family team Baldis MS Busters and the many who live with MS every day.
Blessings and good health to you and yours,
Love and hugs,