Why did you decide to participate in Walk MS?
I felt I needed to be proactive when it came to my MS. I didn't know anything about MS when I was diagnosed, and I wanted to get the word out that it is not a death sentence. I want to see a cure for MS in my lifetime, so no other family has to ride this MS roller coaster.
What’s your favorite thing about Walk MS?
The great feeling of support you get from everyone!
How many years have you participated in the event?
This is my fourth year participating.
What are a few things you wish people understood about multiple sclerosis?
I really want people to know that MS affects each person differently. Just because we look good, doesn't always mean we feel good! And also that an MS diagnosis is not a death sentence.
What’s the most important, meaningful or memorable connection you have made since being diagnosed with MS or having someone close to you diagnosed?
My very first Walk MS was one year after I was diagnosed, and I cried all the way home from the walk because I could not believe that so many of my friends and family would turn out to support me. And that support has never waivered!
What makes you a great Walk MS Ambassador?
I am a very vocal, outgoing, positive person, especially when it comes to my MS.
What makes your MS story unique?
Every MS story is unique, but when I was diagnosed, I didn't even know I was sick. I went to the doctor for a sinus infection and happened to mention some numbness that I thought was due to a back issue. Boy was I off! After I was officially diagnosed, I bought a cake so I could have a little pity party. My cake molded because I was too busy learning about how to handle my MS to feel sorry for myself!