Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. MS is an autoimmune disease and the body attacks the healthy tissue in the brain. MS may cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech or even bad memory. Some people lose their ability to walk let alone ride a bike. The unpredictability of the disease can present many challenges, including the possibility of facing increasing limitations. Anyone may develop MS but there are some patterns. Two to three times more women than men have been diagnosed with MS.
I am participating in the 2011 MS Coastal Challenge in Ventura, CA because my husband Randy has MS. Every week he has to take an injection of medicine that will hopefully slow down the progression. The side effects that he deals with every week are having symptoms of having the flu, headaches and chills. He has to take over the counter medicine to help counteract the side effects. My wish is that a CURE is found so that people like Randy can live a life without the need for these horrible side effects.
The 2011 Coastal Challenge is on Oct 1st and 2nd. The first day people can ride 30, 65 or 100 miles. If you chose to ride the second day there are 35 and 60 mile rides. This is my third year being a part of the incredible event.
I am looking for people who would like to join my team as a rider to participate in the event. You can also be a “virtual rider” which means you participate in the event without riding. Donations are greatly appreciated. You can join my team or make a donation here. Please share with all your friends!! You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 23rd, 2011