Kissing Goodbye To MS – The May 50k
I am sure many of you, especially those who are book worms like I am, joined the MS Readathon at school. But I didn’t realise how terrible this disease was at the time, not until it became real with a friend.
Many years ago, I met Lindsay (or as we lovingly call her, “Red”), a gorgeous friend of my cousin Lauren. Red was always the girl who lights up a room when she enters not only with her beautiful red hair but with a fabulous smile. Red is one of the kindest girls I have ever met, and we both have a love of books that we have shared over the years. But tragically we have watched her suffer from the disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but with Red, you would never know as she is so positive. That positivity has helped Red fight this shocking disease over the years, including the two brutal relapses she wrote about below. Please read Red’s story and let’s help her push through the 50km challenge she has set herself in May by donating whatever you can by clicking on the link below and sharing this article to as many as we can.
If you thought the MS Readathon was huge, we could make this event even more significant to help everyone suffering from MS.
The journey of a person diagnosed with MS is different from person to person. It is unpredictable and can impact the day to day ability for people with the condition to plan for their future. Medications are regularly improving, but still, there is no cure. With various medications developed over the years to specifically treat MS, researchers and doctors have been able to slow the progression of the disease in many patients, but not for all. There is still much more to learn so a cure can be found for this insidious disease.
MS is an autoimmune disease that affects around 25,600 Australians. Those with the condition suffer various symptoms which can often have long term effects, including mobility, memory, and vision difficulties. Here is Red’s story:
You may or may not know this - but I have MS. And having MS is pretty shit.
Last year I suffered not one, but two brutal relapses in as many weeks. I underwent five plasma transfusions, had my veins pumped with eight big juicy bags of IV steroids. I suffered a little more loss to my vision in my good eye, which has led to no more driving (which is probably a good thing) and requiring extra-large font on all electronic devices. After almost three months off work to rest, recover, deal emotionally with my “new normal” and let a new MS medication stabilise my immune system to slow it down from further attacking and damaging my nervous system, I feel like I’m now back on the right “road”; a road that I’m keen to run on, because contrary to popular belief, I enjoyed running up until the relapses I suffered last year prevented me from doing so.
So, it’s time to dust off those running shoes and I couldn’t think of a better way to start then by running 50k’s over May because MS is an arsehole and needs to be cured right now!
If you would like to join me in this challenge and help me raise money for a cause close to my heart, follow the link below and sign up. You don’t have to run - you can walk if that suits you better.
Run Red Run is the name of my team, and I would love your help to raise money for much needed research to cure this bugger of a thing. If you can’t commit to running/walking, but still want to contribute, you can also donate money, because every little bit helps (also see link below).
Please feel free to share the link with anyone who might want to help!
See you in 50k’s
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, or join Red’s May 50k team “Run Red Run”
So please, can we all get on board to support gorgeous Red to help her to run the 50k? Let’s spread the word.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer at Cazinc The Label, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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