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6 Marathons in 6 days! Is that even possible?
I’m sure your first thoughts are: “She’s crazy!” “Impossible!” “Why?!?”
Well, my family, unfortunately, is very familiar with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Not a day goes by that it does not cross our minds. Often it brings us to tears. It’s hard to sit back knowing your loved ones are in awful pain and there is little to nothing you can do about it.
My mother, Deana, my hero, was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS on May 3rd 1986. I was only 6 years old at the time. I remember mom being sick all the time with vision loss and massive migraines. At times she was unable to use her right arm or hand. She had total feeling loss in her feet that lasted months at a time. In 1986 the only option they had to treat MS was aggressive steroid treatments. This massively affected her quality of daily living. My mother has always been an amazingly strong person and kept moving for the sake of 4 small children. I want to do the same for her.
In 2008 I was living out in Colorado attending Colorado State University. My mom had called me to tell me that my younger sister Samantha “Sami” had been sick lately. She was having balance issues and falling a lot. This only continued to progress. Shortly after, she too was diagnosed with MS. She was only 25 at the time with three small children. Doctors said it was just as my mom had, Relapsing MS! This couldn’t be true!? My sister continued to decline at a rapid pace. This couldn’t be MS? This wasn’t like my mom! We were able to get an appointment with Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN for a second opinion. Again, in 2011, we were confirmed it was in fact MS. Not only MS but Primary Progressive MS! PPMS is a rare form of MS that will just continue to progress with no remission. It’s just crazy how it can be so different person to person.
Needless to say this is my reason. When my legs are in pain I am reminded of the pain that my love ones feel every day. I will be strong when they are weak. I will continue to fight their fight!
I want to do something so big to bring awareness to MS that people can’t help but notice!
I ask you to please support our journey and help bring awareness for so many MS fighters!
MY SEGMENT! FOLLOW ME! June 26th - July 1st 2017