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This Saturday, May 7th I will be walking in the MS Walk. I have walked in the MS Walk many many times over the years. My mother had MS for over 37 years. She died in July 2007.
For those who don’t know, Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. It affects different people in different ways. But the victim is not the only one affected, the whole family is. My mother has chronic constipation and lost her balance. Towards the end, she was in a wheelchair.
I remember going to church with her and she would literally hold on to me for support. As a small child, it was absolute torture to keep still and walk really slowly, but I had to because otherwise she would fall.
She had to take cascara sagrada, which is a powerful herb so she would have bowel movements. Unfortunately this sometimes caused some accidents as she couldn’t get to a bathroom fast enough.
She couldn’t play catch with me or go on leisurely walks or drive.
My parents divorced when I was 2. My mom was a single mom with MS and raised 3 kids. She could not work and did not speak English. She had no extended family here in the United States that could provide support either emotionally or financially.
I don’t know how she did it. No, I do know. She was a woman of TREMENDOUS faith. She prayed constantly, read the Bible, prayed the Rosary, and taught me and my brothers about God.
So this is why I walk. If you would like to support me, please send me a personal message and I can send you the link to my page.