Jennifer Cole shares Multiple Sclerosis story
Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:47:54 GMT —
It's a disease that affects no two people the same. Those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis experience challenges that deal with their mind and body.
The Amarillo MS Society is working to help these people, find a cure.
"A lot of people, kind of get it, but kind of don't."
At the beginning of last year, Jennifer Cole entered a battle she will have to fight for the rest of her life she woke up, and couldn't feel her entire left arm.
"The whole thing, I can't touch it, I can't do anything," said Jennifer Cole Diagnosed with MS. "I shower it hurts; I just wanted to cry every time anything got near it. I couldn't lift anything, or do anything."
What seemed to be just a pinched nerve at the time was much more than the doctors originally believed. A few months later, it was her legs.
"I just noticed my legs felt funny. They started tingling, they started hurting. I was having issues walking and it was from my belly buttons down."
Referred to a neurologist, test results determined Cole had multiple sclerosis.
"When they talk about it, the first thing that came to my mind when I was told was, 'I'm going to be in a wheel chair," said Cole. I won't be able to do my photography; I won't be able to do a lot of thing."
There are more than 26,000 people in Texas living with MS and nearly 800 in the panhandle. MS officials said they are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40.
"I have to take shots every day, they say to exercises more," said Cole. "And to keep with your balance and make sure to keep your mind going."
Officials say multiple sclerosis is unpredictable. Those suffering never know what they could be waking up to. For that reason, the Amarillo MS Society offers support.
"We provide programs and services for people dealing with MS," said April Brownlee Amarillo MS Sr. Development Manager. "We have stay at home self-groups, educational conferences, and we also have a direct financial assistance programs."
The society is asking for your help in accomplishing their mission. Walk MS Amarillo 2013 presented by Sam's club, is their largest fundraiser in helping those with MS.
"It is the celebration for all of those living with MS. At Walk MS, you'll find a lot of people to connect with who are living with MS and also people who care about someone living with MS," said Brownlee.
It's a time to share stories and hope for the cure to end MS.
"Being around so many people who go through the same things and around the same thing, and just being aware, of what I need to do to make sure that I'm going be ok is nice," said Cole.
MS officials said that the disease is one the most expensive, averaging over 70,000 dollars to treat.
To help those like Jennifer, the society invites you to participate in this year's walk on March 23 at Caprock High School at 10 a.m.
For more information about Walk MS, click here.