Before I was diagnosed in 2001, I had no idea what MS meant. As an exercise enthusiast and aerobics instructor, my adventures had taken me and my step class to walk for MD, MS, ABCDEFG. What did those letters mean? Were all thesealphabet diseases related? didn't only hold people get them? Were they all a death certificates waiting to be signed? I never though about how I could possibly help to defeat these conditions. Sure , that walk across our state capital city was challenging. There were folks in wheelchairs and adorned with fancy, mysterious walking aids in the mix. Even some physical service dogs joined the ranks of the several hundred participants the year several of us took the road trip for a fun girl-weekend of exercise, restaurant food, and some time away from the every day of our usual weekend.