We are excited to announce Caliber Cleaning, Inc.’s involvement in this year’s Walk for MS! Caliber Cleaning has formed its own team, “Caliber Cleaning Walks for MS” and we will be walking on April 7th, 2018 as we work towards finding a cure for this debilitating disease.
Did you know that Multiple Sclerosis is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults? Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.
A letter from our President, Briana Short;
“The day after Thanksgiving 2016, I noticed the vision in my right eye had become blurry. This was followed by a few months of randomly feeling off balance and dizzy. I was watching a TV show around Christmas time in 2016 and one of the actors was talking about their experiences with clumsiness, dizziness and vision problems, which were frighteningly like mine, and eventually they ended with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. In the Summer of 2017 I noticed how the hot days were causing me to be overly fatigued, weak and, in general, very sick feeling. My Husband put a window A/C unit in our bedroom and that helped immensely. One day in July 2017, I woke up and noticed that my feet felt a little funny, a little tingly. My legs were extremely weak by the end of the day, both feet numb, and my right arm/hand had a constant tingling sensation. The following week found me going to a few doctors all with varying ideas of what it might be, but one constant possible diagnosis was MS. This brought me to tears on multiple occasions, I thought there was no way I could have MS. I’m too young right? No one in my family has it, so I can’t either right? I explained this disease away in any way I possibly could. I had my initial appointment with my neurologist, and as she went thru the battery of physical tests I was giving my all when doing her tests and proving to her that there was absolutely no way I have MS. To my surprise and upset, at the end of our appointment she said, “this very well could be MS.” There was only one way to tell for sure and that was an extensive MRI. I went in for my MRI the following week on a Thursday and on Friday my doctor called me with the results; I was at work sitting on the edge of my chair as I waited what seemed like eternity for her to say the words “Briana you have Multiple Sclerosis, I’m so sorry.” My mind started spinning with “what if’s.” What if I can’t run and play with my children some day? Will I end up in a wheelchair? Will I go blind? I don’t even remember the ending of our phone call. It was a blur of “treatment options, intravenous steroids, we want to get on this quickly, so we can get you feeling better and get your inflammation under control…” As I made my way across my office to shut the door I didn’t quite know what to do. I fell back into my chair and sat at my desk just staring at the wall with tears pouring down my face. I called my Husband at work, no answer. I called my Mom who was out of State at the time, no answer. I text my Brother and he answered because, of course, he’s always on his phone like any other Millennial 😊. After his surprise at my diagnosis he said, “Sis don’t worry, you are so strong, and we will go thru everything as a family, you won’t go thru anything alone and we are going to kick MS in the butt!” As I sat there with a tear stained face I remember thinking, hmmm I don’t feel so strong right now. But his words meant everything to me because in that moment of weakness I knew I had an army of loved ones behind me. I was shocked, I was scared, and I had so many questions. I felt that suddenly I was diagnosed with this disease that I knew nothing about. Now, 5 months later I am starting to come to grips with my MS and am learning more about it. I know there is much more to learn, MS is a very complex disease.”
Walk MS Snohomish-2018 Details:
WHEN: April 7th, 2018
WHERE: Tulalip Amphitheater-10400 Quil Ceda Blvd. Marysville, WA 98271
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