With a forecast for rain and cool temperatures, many felt the 2018 Walk for MS might be a sloppy mess; but when I arrives in Morgantown, West Virginia, I found an optimistic, celebratory atmosphere that no storm could dampen. Clouds dispersed and skies cleared, knowing that the heavens could not compete with the storm happening on the ground at the Waterfront.
The true champions had arrived and their name was Warrior.
Tents were erected, tables arranged, team shirt distributed, books stacked, (I got to share I Have MS. What's Your super Power? !!!!)
acknowledgements made, participants in place, and the walk began,
with Team Tiffany in the lead. My new MS friend, Tiffany Albright, is an inspiration. she single-handedly recruited an amazing team of walkers that outnumbered any other congregation in attendance. Her numbers were amazing in monetary contributions and the enthusiasm of her teammates was more than inspiring.
Event though I did not personally join the walkers, my day was full of amazing experiences. With my books in tow, conversations flowed easily. I spoke with newly diagnosed Taylor from neighboring Pennsylvania: Tracy, a participating Lemtrada drug rep; Crystal, diagnosed at the age of fifteen and now thirty years old; Crystal's father who insists that MS is the result of an abundance of metal infused childhood inoculations; a distinguished gentleman whose recent acquisition of I Have MS. What's Your Super Power? has lead him to the possibility of penning his own MS journey; Sheila, whose sister in Florida lives with multiple sclerosis; MS support group leader Donna, who makes it her life purpose to learn more about our disease by sponsoring informational events around the area; guide dogs, wheelchairs, walking sticks, and smiles governed the day.
It was lovely event regardless of the tricky winds and threatening skies.
Upon initial diagnoses, activities such as this were not highly publicized to us pleebs of MS. Of course, there probably were not many opportunities. With the advent of so many marketable MS drugs, scientific experimentation, and interest in the workings of the human immune system, I find myself immersed in a different view of my disease.
It is exciting to be a part of the battle against the enemy and I am making the most of the information available. Join me in learning more about the MonSter.
May3: Copaxone informational event https://www.copaxone.com/multiple-sclerosis-community/events?progid=1-A7VDXU Thursday, May 03, 2018 Program 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Featured Speaker(s) B.K. Vaught, MD Oliverio's 52 Clay Street Morgantown, WV 26505 304-296-2565 Dinner will be provided
May 5, Stonewall Jackson Resort: WV MS Summit is coming soon. This promises to be a day full of medical and personal Warrior information, minus Big P harm input. Register now: email@example.com
June 9, Holiday Inn Morgantown: Mood changes in MS NationalMSSociety.org/moodandms
The more we know, the better we can care for ourselves.
Even though at times it feels life it, we are not alone.
Lisa, The Lady With the Cane