As Lightly Crunchy pointed out, May is MS Awareness Month. I perhaps should have known this but I and my family are still new to this. Our daughter/sister/niece/cousin/fiance was diagnosed a year ago. I wrote an essay, which I might share at some point, titled “A Helper, A Dreamer and a Radiant Beamer”. It is about my three daughters and Jamie is the Radiant Beamer, and Jamie has MS. We don’t know where this road will take us and unknowns make us fearful and we push them aside.
Jamie is facing this bravely though we know of the fear and the anxiety that lies beneath. I am also still trying to find my way – I want to wave my Mother’s Wand and make it all go away … I should be able to, but I can’t. MS has already affected our family relationships – I do think we are closer, newly aware of the fragility of our lives and dreams, and more actively supportive of each other.
Treatment includes a daily injection, which for some is painful. Research is getting closer to an oral treatment. For some reason we in Canada have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world and it is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. To learn more about MS or to donate I have found these sites:
On May 30, acknowledge World MS Day.
The Canadian campaign has several events planned for May:
- On May 10-12, buy a carnation to support the MS Carnation Campaign.
- Get an oil change at Mr. Lube on May 12, and $5 will be donated to the MS Society.
- On May 30, Niagara Falls will be lit red to commemorate World MS Day.
- Cities across the country will be hosting MS walks – check your local chapter