Meet Walk MS Faribault Ambassador Kim Volk, diagnosed October 2002
The thing I remember most about being diagnosed was the fear of being told I had probable multiple sclerosis. I was prepared to hear I had MS, but I did not want to be in limbo with a probable diagnosis.
The biggest impact of having a chronic illness such as MS is the unpredictable symptoms that can arise. It is an adventure not knowing how you’re going to feel each day and how long the symptoms may last. Daily activities sometimes require some planning to make sure you have enough energy to complete all that you want to do and then the ability to say to yourself "there is always tomorrow." With some modifications, I have been able to continue to work full-time and continue to enjoy most of the activities I enjoy.
One of the things I wish people could understand about MS is that you can't always see the disability. Not everyone who has MS has a physical disability. There are many symptoms such as numbness, tingling and cognitive issues etc., which affect a person that can be debilitating and scary.
The National MS Society has a variety of information to help manage the illness. MSsociety.org has an amazing amount of information at your fingertips. My family has attended family events, couples weekends, training opportunities and support groups for people with MS and caregivers. There are countless other programs available for support.
My family and friends have participated in the Walk MS for eight years. We feel Walk MS is a great way to raise dollars to help support the continuation of the information, support programs and research for a cure and medications for slowing the progression of MS.
Through attending events such as Walk MS, I have met many people who have such positive attitudes, and who, like myself, do not let MS control their life. These individuals give my family and me hope for the future.
As a Walk MS ambassador, I hope to raise awareness of how important the National MS Society and research is to end MS for future generations. Walk MS event is a great way for community members to give their support by walking and/or supporting an individual or team who is walking.
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Walk MS 2013
Join Kim and thousands of others by getting involved in Walk MS. To learn more, register or donate, visit myMSwalk.org.