Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Battling MS

Have I ever mentioned that my sister is an inspiration to me when it comes to living a healthy life?

She has MS - 2.5 years ago she was diagnosed with pre-MS, in August she was diagnosed with MS.  She takes daily injections to slow the progression of her disease, and she does not let MS take over her life.  In fact, as much as she can - she is conquering it.  Yes, she has pains, her vision is funky, it is hard to stand long enough to make dinner some days.  Still, she does it.  Still, she participates regularly in Zumba classes.

Elizabeth is making healthy choices for herself and for her family.  Guess what.  It shows.  In less than a year, she has lost 55 pounds (one side effect of her medicine is weight GAIN).  She has changed her diet, and her family's diets permanently.  She has changed her exercise habits and is working on helping not just her husband and children with changing these things, but her whole family.

My sister challenges me to get moving.  She challenges me to eat healthier (we've been working on it - for a LONG time - it's a slow process in our house).

Some day her disease might jump out of the closet and change what her life looks like.  It could be today, or maybe 30 years from now.  Maybe she'll be lucky and find ways to continue to improve her health in order to live a fairly "normal" life.  It is different for every person battling MS.  There is no cure for MS, only hope that one can learn to live with the sometimes devastating results.

I want to help my sister, I want to help my friend Debbie, I want to help the mother of an 8 year old girl that lives across town.  Those are 3 people that I know up close and personal, that fight this disease every day.  They fight for themselves and for their families.

In a week and a half I am going to walk in the National MS walk.  I am currently collecting funds to help with research, education, and medication.  Today I added donations from 2 different people onto my personal goal page - I'm 1/3 of the way to my fund raising goal.
Will you consider helping my sister?  Will you donate to the National MS walk for someone you love?  Even $1 helps.  In fact, if everyone that reads this blog post contributes even $1 to the cause - I will exceed my goal.

Please consider clicking on THIS LINK to contribute to my goal in aiding people, like my sister, who have MS.

33 percent of goal achieved.


  1. Nicely written. She inspires so many. Thank you for this reminder of what she has done and continues to do!

  2. My mother had MS. She is still working and moving around and doing everything she has always done. I hope that in the future, my mother's and your sister's lives stay healthy. Thank you for sharing your sister's story!

  3. Thanks for sharing Erica, it's a tough disease and still kind of hard for me to wrap my brain around all the things it can mean for a family. I'm glad your mother is still able to work and to do the things she's always done!