Why did you decide to participate in Walk MS?
My daughter and I participate in Walk MS because my little sister was diagnosed with MS at the age of 27. I have watched her with struggles and pain on a daily basis, and my daughter decided she wanted to be a "brain doctor" to cure her Meme's brain. I know there is no magic cure yet, but if I can be a part in helping to find a cure for my sister, I will do it.
What’s your favorite thing about Walk MS?
I love being a part of Walk MS because I always leave with a more information and more hope that there will be a cure one day. My daughter, Jaela, started a team "Still Smyelin." This will be the third year we've walked, and she loves having fundraisers and telling people how she is going to be a brain doctor and a chef.
How many years have you participated in the event?
This will be our third year walking and our second year raising money.
What are a few things you wish people understood about multiple sclerosis?
I wish people understood the fatigue, muscle pain, bladder issues, and that having one immune issue can open you up to others, like psoriasis.
What’s the most important, meaningful or memorable connection you have made since being diagnosed with MS or having someone close to you diagnosed?
The care my sister and our family has received since she was diagnosed. Dr. Hughes and his team are amazing, and you can feel he truly wants to find a cure for MS. You're not just a patient to him, you're a person that deserves the best care possible.
What makes you a great Walk MS Ambassador?
I think my 6-year-old daughter, Jaela, wanting to raise money and become a doctor to help find the cure for MS is amazing. It's crazy how much she cares about beating MS.
What makes your MS story unique?
My sister is just such a positive person, and she is so inspiring the way she can smile even though her MS continues to progress. Jaela and my sister are very close, and it just amazes me that at this young of an age, Jaela knows that she wants to help find a cure for MS. Jaela had a bake sale at our church to raise money last year, and she plans on doing so again this year with the help of her Sunday school class. Jaela also asked her Daisy Troupe if they would like to join her team and help her raise money to fight MS. So I guess what makes our story unique is that this young child is so patient about finding a cure that she is willing to ask for help and raise money and walk the walk.