Hello!! Thank you for visiting! For those of you who aren't totally familiar with me, here is a little bit about my story. My name is Molly Naliwajko and I just turned 30 years old. I just bought a house and am getting married to the fabulous Joe Sexton on New Years Eve. 2013 was starting out as the best year of my life! We closed on a house, got engaged and I was finishing up my fourth year of teaching middle school Math.
As the year was going so great, its only natural to hit a little road block. In mid Feb. I got a headache above my left eye. As I let it go for a few days, the pain worsened and my eye sight in my left eye started to leave. Within 5 days I couldn't see at all or move my eye. Long story short, I was diagonsed with Optic Neuritis, swelling of the optic nerve, which is often a warning sign of MS. After a brain MRI, and lots of tests it was undetermined why I got it and they thought it wasn't MS because my MRI came back normal. Within about 2 weeks of one-eye willy'n it around my sight came back and the pain went away. I went back for my monthly check up and everything seemed fine. Then about 2 weeks later, I started getting tingling up and down my body. I then started realizing it was happening mostly when I looked down, realizing something had to be up with my neck. I called my optic neuritis doctor who referred me to a neuroligist at University of Chicago. I went to see him, fast forward through a couple of appointments, a MRI of the neck and spine and a Spinal tap I was dianosed with MS at the end of May 2013.
While the news was a lot to swallow, I am so lucky to be surrounded by the best family and friends a girl can ask for. Some days are worse than others, but with the support I have been given, I consider myself lucky! I have decided to stand up to MS and do what I can to help fight this disease and my first step is this softball tournament. I appreciate everything and thanks for your support!
I've joined the movement to end multiple sclerosis by participating in MS Slugfest 2013! On Saturday, August 10, I will be joining 48 teams and hundreds of volunteers playing in a charity softball tournament to benefit the National MS Society. Between now and Slugfest, I plan to update this page frequently so you can follow my progress. So please visit this page often!
More than 20,000 individuals and their families live with MS in Illinois, and more than 400,000 people are affected by MS across the country. MS stops people from moving. People who live with MS must overcome challenges everyday: to walk; to have energy to go to the store; to have the will power not to give up. That is why I'm challenging myself to play in Slugfest--on their behalf.
You can help make a difference. Please donate! You can make a donation to my fundraising campaign by clicking the Make a Gift link, just below the thermometer. If you prefer to write a check, please contact me and I will provide my address. (But please bear in mind, it costs the National MS Society less money if you donate online!)
If you want to join my Slugfest team, just let me know. It's going to be an awe-inspiring adventure, and I'd love you to be a part of it!
Thanks for visiting my Personal Page, and thanks for considering being part of the movement to end MS!
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