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Sunday , 3 July 2022

Heather Horsepool: Living with MS

In anticipation for Saturday’s Lakeland MS Walk in St. Paul, the MS Society has shared stories of locals living with MS. This is one of the stories; the author’s original content has not been altered.

Multiple Sclerosis is a family disease. It affects more than the person living with the disease- it affects the person’s spouse, their children, their grandchildren, and their extended family & friends. – Heather Horsepool

It was after a CT Scan showing lesions on my brain that my doctor informed me that I had MS. So then, in 2006, out journey with MS began. I say ours because MS affects more than just the person diagnosed- it affects their spouse, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

2006 marked the start of neurologists, physical therapists, MRIs, and MS therapists and many appointments. Not to mention the hours I spent on the internet trying to gather as much information as I could about the disease; such as knowing that relapsing remitting MS can be frustrating some days.

I was very fortunate though, as I already know someone who was part of the MS Society’s Lakeland Chapter’s support group; one phone call and I had all the information and meeting dates that I needed.

It has been wonderful knowing that answers to my questions are always a phone call away, and that no matter how difficult this journey, there will always be supportive people by my side helping me with kinds words and gestures, as I journey through life with MS.

For more information on the Lakeland MS Walk, to donate or to register for the walk, visit mswalks.ca.

About Jena Colbourne

Jena Colbourne is the owner of Connected Media Inc. o/a Lakeland Connect. As a founding member of the Lakeland Connect team, Jena oversees the content creation of the website and its social media presence. Armed with a marketing, management and communications background Jena enjoys the creative aspects of Lakeland Connect, as such she is able to navigate the online world with ease.

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