Thank You BP MS150!

It’s never too late to say thank you, right? I hope not because I am so grateful for all the cyclist, organizers and volunteers who made the 2013 BP MS150 possible and successful. I tweeted about it and I made a neat photo¬†collage for my Instagram but I want to say more-

This is the second year a friend of mine has participated in the BP MS150 which makes it my second year experiencing it. I’ve known about it for longer than two years but I only knew the basics and that I appreciated all the people involved for doing something to help people with Multiple Sclerosis. Knowing about something and experiencing something are two different things. Seeing so many cyclist finish a two-day race surrounded by so many other excited, grateful, amazed spectators is quite impressive! It’s impossible, even when MS fatigued, to not feel so much hope. I think hope is at least part of what all those involved want the people inflicted with MS to feel from their efforts and I think it’s not only a great start, it’s really big. Awareness and funding for new therapies are desperately needed and BP MS150 does not disappoint!

So, here I am finally sending my thank you to all the BP MS150 people of 2013 into the blogosphere. It’s a sleepy, my back hurts, half¬†of my head is numb as well as my feet, what was I saying again?, late thank you, but it’s with all of my completely normal functioning heart!

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Thank You BP MS150!

Yesterday, I went with family and friends to see the BP MS150 cyclist finish their two-day ride from Houston to Austin for MS. Texas heat, strong headwinds on day one, MS awareness, 13,000 cyclist, 150 miles and millions of dollars for Multiple Sclerosis research. It was amazing to watch so many of these generous people ride pass me to the end of their journey. My journey continues and, thanks to all these men and women, it continues a little easier. The money raised is vital to the MS community. Beyond finding a cure, there are many therapies still needed. Treating symptoms of MS gives patients a chance for a better life. Pain and fatigue can often be debilitating. Foot drop, vision problems, vertigo and a wide variety of neuropathy can also stand in the way of basic function. Right now, there are only eight disease modifying therapies available and they all have side effects which are not well tolerated. Hopefully, everyone with MS can find one that they can handle. We need more options and we need to be able to afford them. Money raised yesterday will help to do that. I was able to thank a friend who rode and I’m hoping that everyone who rode along with him know how grateful MS patients, including myself, are to each and every one of them. Being there and seeing it was just what I needed when I needed it most. My faith in humanity has been renewed. There are good, selfless, generous people out there….at least 13,000 of them! Thank you!