Hello, dear readers. I’m writing to appeal to you for help with something that is really important to me: multiple sclerosis. In 2013 I was diagnosed with this disease. In oblique terms I wrote about my experience in four previous posts: Spring Crafting, Flash Fiction: Flight, Creations, and 2013: Reflections. Most of my heaviest emotions were in “2013: Reflections” wherein I used words and capsule reviews of stories to grapple with my new reality. I didn’t want to make a big deal about my disease here at the pond, and I still don’t, because I want to be defined by how I live my life rather than a disease I happen to have. However, someone really smart told me once that you can make more of a difference with one good interview or article than you can with years of quiet work, and I really want to make a difference.
I realized just before Lent this year that the reason I didn’t want to tell people, in person or online, about my disease wasn’t because I dreaded their remarks (though I do in part) or because I am a little shy (though I am) or because I’m afraid of discrimination (though I most certainly am) but rather because I didn’t want it to be true. I don’t want to be facing this. I don’t want this shadow in my life, and if I had a magic wand and a time machine I would seriously ponder making this just go away. But that’s not how life works. Due to whatever mysterious combo of genes and environment that occurred in my body, I am stuck with this for the rest of my life. However, I have a choice. The choice I have isn’t any different from the choice that everyone has every day, mind you, but, it is perhaps a smidge extra poignant: I can turn inward and hide or I can be brave and live my life. I am choosing to live and I am choosing to fight for my life by being a team captain in Walk MS for team Nerds for a Cure.
This is the second year I’ve been a team captain. 2014 was the inaugural walk for team Nerds for a Cure and it was a wonderful experience. I am hoping to make the 2015 walk an even better experience by training harder, raising more money, and raising more awareness about multiple sclerosis. Research is the way forward, research is the only mortal hope I have, and I know that together we can find both better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis if we feed the researchers the money they need to do the work they are passionate about doing: science. I am excited to be doing this and it would mean an awful lot to me, dear pond readers, if you could help. Please, check out my pages and, if you can, please walk with me in spirit by donating and sharing the links. Every single person, every connection, counts more than you can know. Thanks for hearing me out, dear readers, and thanks for stopping by the pond today. If my posts, my words, my crafts, and my pictures brighten your day at all that makes me happy.