Today is World MS Day! World MS Day brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness, and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
For those of you who are new to the blog, my father has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Prior to his diagnosis, I had no clue what MS was or how it affected people. Now it breaks my heart to see my father struggling, but it's also taught me a few lessons...
- Nothing is guaranteed. My dad was self-employed and worked 80+ hours a week for most of his life. My family put off a lot of plans thinking we'll do it when he retired. Now things are a lot harder (though not impossible) and some of those plans may never be realized. It's not fair, but it's life.
- Sometimes you need to stop talking & start doing. It's easy to focus on the bad, but it can also inspire you. I'm a planner, but I'm realizing you can't always put your plans off until the "time is right." In the past couple years I've checked off a lot of things I've been talking about (made a career change, moved in with Ryan, took that vacation we put off) and I'm hoping to do more later this year.
- Love can endure a lot. Not knowing what was wrong with my dad for 10 years put a lot of stress on our family. While getting his diagnosis was devastating, it was also a relief. Now we could move forward together. My parents endured through the years and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday.
Everyone has their own reasons for supporting causes. If you find this one to be a worthy cause then you can join me in raising necessary funds to conduct research and find a cure for MS.
- Visit my Race to Erase MS page today to make a donation
- Make a donation through the National MS Society
- Buy one of these products that support MS research
- Join a Walk MS or Bike MS event