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My Speech: Part 1

Written by on December 13th, 2011 –

I recently had the honour of speaking at the endMS Gala in Toronto. Here is my speech.

I work as an elementary school teacher. For a few years my school participated in the MS Read-A-Thon fundraiser.  The Read-A-Thon campaign starts with a kick-off assembly. Volunteers from the MS Society come and explain the disease in a simple way to the students. During one assembly, I remember thinking, “That is a terrible disease.” That there is nothing wrong with your foot, but you can’t move it because your nerves can’t properly relay the message from your brain to your foot; that is terrible. Each year during the event itself, I dutifully encouraged my students to read, felt sad for people with MS and, as we all do with things that don’t affect us directly or indirectly, I put it out of my mind and went on with my life.  Fast forward two or three years and I was in the neurologist’s office. (more…)