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In the interest of full disclosure

I want to make something clear in the interest of full disclosure. I mentioned in my last post some things about helping with the MS Walk. While this in and of itself may be considered a noble, charitable cause, I felt it important to say that my mother has Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS back in the mid 1980's. Hindsight being what it is, she thinks she has had symptoms since she was a teeneger. The way the MS affects my mom is almost like a stroke victim. Her entire left side of her body is slow or unresponsive to many nerve impulses sent. She doesn't have the facial issues or things like that, but her hand is usually clenched a bit, and she has quite a bit of difficultly getting around. There is pain involved, and every day I appreciate the marvels of modern medicine that allow her to make it through the day.

I'm not saying any of this to get pity or to justify my actions. She is the woman that she is, and that woman happens to have a non-fatal disease. I mentioned about doing something to help her and others with that disease, and wanted to simply state why I singled out MS over all of the various other causes that I could have mentioned.


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Sep. 24th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
My co-worker's husband also has MS. It's quite a strange disease, to say the least.

Many people choose charities based on personal experiences, so it's not uncommon to do so.
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