As you know Raymond and I are participating in the BP MS-150 in April. This past weekend we rode our team’s (Team Shell) annual ride. Before we started the ride our team leader had one of our team members speak to all of us. I don’t know her name and I don’t know how old she is… she looked very very young as I am sure she is…
Our team member started to tell us that she was diagnosed with MS in December and it has been an uphill battle for her everyday. She was holding back tears but you could hear the pain in her voice as she went to tell us how much she appreciated all of us participating in the ride and raising money. She said that because of all the donations through out the years the MS society has set up a 24 hr hot line for patients to call and get support, which she said she appreciates and calls often as this is all new to her and she is scared.
Listening to her as she spoke about her diagnosis and hearing the pain in her voice teared me up… as I went through my rides this weekend I reminded myself that even though the wind is killing me… or that I am tired… or hungry… all of that is nothing compared to all the battles my teammate is going to go through and I made it my goal to finish every mile.
- MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with a risk in the general population of approximately 1/750.
- Two hundred people are diagnosed with MS every weekand more than 2.5 million people are living with this disease worldwide.
- Like other autoimmune diseases, MS is more common in women than men.
- The most common symptomsassociated with MS include visual disturbances, balance and walking difficulties, debilitating fatigue, weakness, numbness, and bladder dysfunction.
- While there is currently no cure for MS, there is a great deal a person can do to manage the disease and maintain their quality of life. The best place to start is with reliable information about MS.
Now that you now some of the facts about MS I need you to help me raise awareness about MS this month. Our blogs are very powerful and we all get hundreds of readers every day. Take a minute this month and help me spread the word.
To help us (Raymond and I) with our fundraising goals the wonderful people at Klean Kanteen have donated 2 bottles that I will be raffling here during the month of March.
DONATE $1 to either Raymond or My fundraising page and leave me a comment telling me you have made your donation.
If you choose to donate more than $1 you can gain an entry per $ up to 5 entries for the raffle which means if you donate $20 you still get 5 entries, but if you donate $2, $3, $4 & $5 you get 2, 3, 4, 5 entries respectively