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In 1994, my sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

At different times she has experienced mild numbness in her arms, hands, legs, and feet. In 2002, she had a symptom of MS called Rotary Nystagmus, which affected her eyes. After three doses of IV steroids, her sight returned to normal. This past November, she experienced some difficulty with her right arm. She struggled with many everyday tasks: caring for her kids, playing the piano, doing her own hair, and even writing became quite a challenge. She is grateful to say that this attack only lasted about a week.

She is fortunate to have a mild form of MS. And she has only had a few attacks that altered her life for a few days or weeks, but other than that she has been pretty healthy.

She was medicated for a time in 2002 with a drug named Copaxone. Copaxone is a costly drug that she administered to herself through a shot everyday. She stopped this medication just before she got pregnant with her youngest child, and she currently is not on medication.

She trully looks forward to the day when a cure for this disease will be discovered. When a cure is found there will be no more numbness, no more attacks on her body, no more shots or IVs, and no more high priced prescriptions.

In 2002, My sister started a team, “Michelle’s Strutters” to walk in the fight against MS. We are a small team, but last year we raised over $1000. I know that our efforts with the MS Walk will raise funds needed to help find a cure for MS.

This year I have set my donation goal higher than I ever have before. And I need your help to reach that goal. If you would like to help please sponsor me online. Thank you.

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