At the age of 19, Leah Henderson started having double vision and had to take time off work. Soon after, she started experiencing numbness.
“I woke up one morning and noticed my thumb was quite numb and then the numbness kind of continued through my hand and then all the sudden a few days later, my whole left side was numb,” she says.
An MRI confirmed it was Multiple Sclerosis.
“When it happens it’s lifer altering,” Henderson tells CTV News. “You think it’s the end of the world especially when you’re in the depths of a relapse. You really feel like you’re hopeless.
”Now 33 years old, Henderson takes daily medication, but still experiences symptoms when she is tired or stressed. The birth of her first child was especially difficult.
“I had Sam and there’s something with people who have MS after they have a baby that they can relapse really drastically, and I did,” she recalls.
Henderson says she was constantly in need of help from family and friends. Then, she decided she wants to do something to help others.
Source: Event looks to educate women and raise money for MS research | CTV Atlantic News
While this story is out of Canada, when I came across it I could identify with it. Besides having MS myself, I’ve many times stated I walk for all the young adults that instead enjoying life and starting a family they’re fight with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis is the number 1 disabling disease of young adults in the United States.
Here in Oklahoma I’ve met 3 young adults that went to bed feeling normal and upon waking found they were paralyzed. It is estimated 3,400 people in Oklahoma have MS; I believe the number is much higher.
Please donate to team Wipe Out MS so we can end this horrible disease.