The Importance of Raising Awareness
I am reminded of the importance of raising awareness, becoming an advocate and raising money for a cause you love really is. I was diagnosed at a very young age, and sadly most of my years after diagnosis I hid behind my disease, not wanting others around me to know. The saddest part is, I hated telling people because I dreaded the blank stares, the faces of pity and the fact that I had to explain MS to almost everyone I told. About six months after I had my son, though, I decided it was time to step out and tell my story. It was time to be loud and proud about MS, and make sure other people knew what it was and how it effects so many lives.
Anyone can be an advocate
The greatest thing about being an advocate or raising awareness for something you are passionate about is that you don’t have to be a professional to do it. All you need is the desire to help others and make a difference. I’m a quiet, more reserved person, but getting people in the know about Multiple Sclerosis is of utmost importance to me. I want to help others who struggle with the things I do, and I want to help their family members know how to help them as well. Not only that, but I want them and their family members to know that they aren’t alone. This year raising funds and money for Walk MS has been an exciting challenge for me. I love that events like Walk MS, Bike MS, Muckfest MS,etc. are ways for communities to come together. I love that they not only raise funds for important issues-but, these events like Walk MS raise money to help drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and help guarantee a supportive community for those who need it. It’s not just about the money, though. It’s about the community of people that come together to support others with this ugly disease. It’s a community where you can go walk and talk with others who truly understand what you are going through. If your family needs help understanding too, there are communities and places for them to find help as well. Raising awareness through events like these help ensure that people understand what living with MS is really like and encourages more people to do something about it. It’s important that we help others understand what this unpredictable disease really is. It is critical that we let our voices be heard and do things such as raising awareness so that others can better understand this complex, unpredictable disease. It’s important that we make progress towards helping change the lives of people affected by MS such as myself and my family.
I wish I could go back
I wish I could go back to the day I was diagnosed and tell myself not to be shy about my disease. I would go back and find others who understood what I was going through. But, I can’t do that. However, I can stand up, raise awareness and continue to be an advocate through my writing. I can raise money for a wonderful cause and help this world become one step closer to a world free of MS. How are you going to let your voice be heard when it comes to MS? Whether it’s yourself, a family member, or someone else you know and love that’s dealing with this disease-don’t sit still any longer. Get out and raise awareness today!
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