I’m super late in posting an update about the MS walk a couple of weeks ago. In a nutshell: it was good! It was nice to be outside for the morning. It was wonderful to have my parents up for the weekend. I hadn’t seen them since the fall, and that’s too long. I really loved that my parents had a chance to get to know my friends a little bit. I’ve been in Vermont talking about these people for years but my mom and dad haven’t ever spent much time with any of them before. And I appreciate the fact that I have very beloved and valued friends who were willing to join me. John and Matt, my home team, were fun and funny and ready for anything, including pirate style orange bandanas. The walk made me feel happy in my place in life.
But here’s something else that seemed great about the day: MS wasn’t really an issue. I mean, it was the issue, of course. It was the reason we were all there. But the fact I actually have MS wasn’t an issue. No problem walking. No sadness about the unwanted reality check. No self-consciousness. A year ago I might have been undone by so much MS awareness all at one time. I guess now I’ve gotten more used to the fact that this is part of my life, but not really a driving factor. That is a big victory for me. Here’s hoping it remains true for a long, long time.
To friends who came and friends who donated, once again: a heartfelt thank you. Walk or no walk, you are all my team, and I am so grateful for that.