On the eve of MS Awareness week, I did my first* half-marathon in 8.5 years (*disclaimer: this is true, but misleading. It was also only my 2nd half-marathon ever). My nature was do this quietly, just telling a few friends for support. Instead, I took to Facebook to highlight Multiple Sclerosis, a stupid "unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body."
~5 yrs ago, Friend A told me they were recently diagnosed with MS, but told me, "Breathe. Treatment has come a long way. It's not an automatic death sentence." Just weeks later, Friend B told me they were recently diagnosed with MS, but told me, "Breathe. Treatment has come a long way. It's not an automatic death sentence." According to National Multiple Sclerosis Society's FAQs, the majority of people with MS remain able to walk, though many end up using aides to get around (cane, crutches, scooter). Life expectancy for those with MS has gone up over time - likely thanks to improved treatment + better recommendations for healthcare and lifestyle changes. Donations to National Multiple Sclerosis Society help this crucially important research. Will you donate $13?
(Photo as proof. And, you know, for those of you in the cold, you can see the conditions I had to deal with on "race" day. This was 12.5 mi mark!)