If you’ve read this blog for very long, or ever checked out my about page, you know I have Multiple Sclerosis.
What you might not know is that I was diagnosed while training to participate in a bike ride to raise funds for someone that I know with MS. Talk about ironic!
Because of my amazing medical team and radical diet and lifestyle changes, I am healthy 5 years after my diagnosis. I haven’t had a relapse in more than three years, and aside from some fleeting symptoms, I hardly know I have the disease.
Even more amazing, I have a lesion on my spinal cord that is shrinking. Yep, I’m reversing MS!
Unfortunately, that is not the case for everyone with MS and people are newly diagnosed every day. I can’t explain the fear that comes with a diagnosis of a potentially progressively, debilitating disease, but I will say that its bad, really bad.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society is one of the first places that I turned to with my family to learn more and fear less. I will always support their good work.
My beautiful sister-in-law went into action the year I was diagnosed, and started a bike team, Team TLC (Team who Loves Courtney). They’ve ridden hundred of miles and raised thousands of dollars for the Multiple Sclerosis Society over the past 5 years.
I joined them in 2008 on Martha’s Vineyard for a 100km ride, and remember crying as I crossed the finish line. I had finally finished a ride that I was training for since before my diagnosis. I crossed it with my husband and our friends and family, with tears running down my face, wobbly legs, a sore back and a swelling heart. It will go down in history as one of my most joyous moments.
This year, Team TLC is riding the NH seacoast in August, and I’d like to ask you to support them. Mark, my husband and Anne, my sister in law are co-captains this year, and will be leading the team in a 100km ride. You can join the team or donate to their fundraising efforts. I am going to do my best to be there to support the team and other riders, and if you are nearby, I’d love to meet you.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but no donation is too small. It’s the truth! Thousands of you read this blog in the privacy of your own homes and coffee shops around the world, but please, for this, come together and fight MS with me and Team TLC.
MS research and support gives me hope that I will have a sharp mind and strong body, so I can continue to learn and grow with you, and that fewer people will ever have to hear, “You have MS”.