Archive for May, 2014

Swim MS

Written by on May 27th, 2014 – No Comments

(Taryn Lencoe training in the ocean at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, BC.)

Like most people, before Multiple Sclerosis touched the life of someone she loved, Taryn Lencoe knew nothing about the disease. All that changed when Taryn’s cousin was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago when she was in her 30’s. After that, Taryn began to meet more and more people with MS and saw how it affected them. She saw the struggles they were going through and she felt she needed do something to help. She began to think about how she could raise awareness and money for research and support services for the BC & Yukon Division of the Canadian MS Society, using her own unique skills. She bounced ideas off her co-workers and together they came up with the idea of a marathon swim. Why a marathon swim you ask? Well, Taryn grew up swimming. In fact, she swam competitively for 14 years with various clubs, including 2 years for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and was also a member of the Canadian National Team. (more…)

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

Written by on May 20th, 2014 – 3 Comments

kirstimom MSwalk SanFran (2)What an amazing city. This wasn’t my first time to San Francisco, and it won’t be my last either. It’s such a beautiful, interesting city with all the old Victorian row houses, the cable cars, the bay, the bridges, the piers, and so on. If you have never been to San Francisco, you must go – you won’t be disappointed.

This trip was pretty special. My family was invited to San Francisco for the MS Society’s “Walk of Champions” – a walk for anyone who raised over $10,000 for the MS Walk in their own city. Since my dad raised $13,550 last year in Edmonton’s walk, we got to take this amazing trip. We also extended our stay in San Fran for a few days, so we had time to explore. (more…)

Pills and Needles

Written by on May 13th, 2014 – 13 Comments

I have been giving myself needles for over a decade. I truly believe that taking these needles and changing my lifestyle have attributed to my good health and not letting MS stop me from doing anything I want.

Just recently I was told I could take the new pill that is on the market for RRMS patients. At first I was very intrigued. Of course taking a pill over taking a needle is much better, but it’s a little bit more complicated than that for me. I’ve been going over the pamphlet for the new MS drug and it’s big selling feature is that it’s a pill and not a needle. (more…)

My First MS Walk

Written by on May 6th, 2014 – 2 Comments

On Sunday May 4 2014, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in my first-ever MS Walk at Downsview Park in Toronto. Now while I was diagnosed two years ago, I didn’t get a chance to participate last year – partly due to the fact that I was still trying to come to terms with having multiple sclerosis. I wasn’t really ready to do that.

But this year, I’m feeling a lot better about the whole thing. Having started writing for this blog, being featured in the Spring issue of MS Canada and being more educated by taking my Introduction to Disability Studies course in school, I jumped at the chance to participate! (more…)