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Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride 2014

Keep on Moving, Don't Stop, No (a la Soul II Soul)

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Goal: $350.00
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Why oh Why am I Riding in the Bike MS Cox Atlanta Ride 2013?

I'm riding because life threw me a curve ball - Multiple Sclerosis.  I could sit in shock-and-awe and passively let MS beat me. No, I'd rather be an active participant in my own life, thank you very much!  What better way than to get back on a bike and ride around like I did for hours on end as a kid, enjoying the beauty of life.  And what better way to realize more of life's beauty than to enlist the best family and friends around to raise needed funds for a great organization that continues to do so much for so many people.  No, seriously! The National MS Society has given me, and countless others affected by MS, so much in the way of educational information, treatment guidance, avenues of support, and even just simple human kindness.  And their tools and resources are not just for those of us with the disease in us, but for anyone!  At a time in my life when I could have easily chosen to stay in the dark, the National MS Society has been, and will be, an immense source of light for me.  I hope you will contribute at any level you feel comfortable with, and help me give back just a little - it goes a long way, I promise!

About My MS

Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Essentially, Multiple Sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis - and any/everything in between. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is among the leaders pushing for advances in research and treatment, moving us closer to a world free of MS.
I am blessedly fotunate to have found the MS Center of Atlanta, and an amazing neurologist who is co-captain of my team (I mean, I'm keeping some control in this game).  Together, for now, we have chosen a treatment that has kept my MS in remission for the last 12 months. Yay!  In addition to the medical treatment, my neurologist insists that staying as active (physically, mentally, and spiritually) as I can is crucial to keeping my MS under control.  Since my MS is aiming to kill my brain's connections, well, I just have to keep building and rebuilding connections one step, one ride, one family vacation, one jog with my dog, one SCUBA dive, one book, one lumosity game, one prayer, one laugh, and one hug at a time. (you get the point :))

Please Join Me!

Right now, for me it can be scary, knowing there is no cure, no answer. My remission could last one year, five years, maybe 25 years. For now, I will always have MS.  I have (mostly) released the anxiety around thinking about when my next relapse will be.  I know I will relapse one day.  It might be the relapse that impairs my ability to think, see, walk, or talk.  Who wants to live thinking about that though?  Not me!  Instead, I want to do what I can to help bring an end to MS, not just for me, for everyone touched by MS.  So one day we might not have another relapse.



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