Everyone with MS has a unique story about their disease progression. About 35 years ago, before MRIs were available, I had a bout of double vision for a few days. I was a tested for many neurological diseases but nothing was conclusive. I had no other attacks or debilitating symptoms for many years.
I should have wondered why, at 40, I needed to use a hand rail when going down steps, why the heel on my right shoe always wore down faster than the left, and why, when dancing the cha-cha, I could not cha-cha-cha!.
Looking back, my balance, muscle strength, and signaling were starting to decline. I started using a rollator 10 years ago. Although my progression began slowly, the cumulative effects are now very limiting.
While searching the internet in March 2009 when I was diagnosed, I discovered the research being done by Dr. Robert Zivadinov, director of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, part of the Unversity of Buffalo. Less than a year later I moved back to my hometown of Buffalo to raise funds for patient-centered research at BNAC.
Once again, BNAC has embarked on a study based on what people with MS want to know. In this study that is: What influences disease progression and what can possibly be done?
Thank you, friends and family reading this, for considering a gift to help me reach my personal goal which will be matched $ for $ by the Annette Funicello Fund for MS Research. And thanks for your consideration to people reading this who I've never met, especially those who like to dance the cha-cha.
Each of ANNETTE’S 100 has set a goal to give or raise $1,000 or more to CASA-MS progressive MS research. Your gift will help them reach their goal and will be matched by Annette’s Fund. LET US KNOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE ONE OF ANNETTE’S 100, TOO!