Competing advocacies

There are hundreds of worthy causes out there all vying for your attention and dollars.

I am but one voice in the chorus beseeching you to donate your time, effort and money.

Not content to just live in shame with this disease, I became an MS advocate fairly early on in my diagnosis. I blogged almost immediately, and then joined the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a volunteer.

I try to raise funds  through the MS Walk, find new ways to get the message out and urge government to pass legislation to improve the quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of other MSers.

Of course it’s something I believe in, because I live it every day. I feel strongly that getting my story out there will help the larger cause.

I may be the only person you know with MS, so I feel a responsibility to educate. I need to get better about that — recently, I’ve been all about the venting. I also need to show that it is possible to live a fairly normal life, despite it all. I hope that to anyone recently diagnosed with MS, they can find a lifeline here.

While I want you to support me and the MS cause, I know there are others needing your help, too.

This might sound self-defeating, but support them. Whether it be heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, epidermolysis bullosa, muscular dystrophy, infertility, cerebral palsy, Lyme disease, whatever it is, get the word out. Donate $5, $10, $25. Every bit helps. Raise money, if you can. Wear the ribbon. Encourage a friend who is fighting one of these or any other disease.

Trust me, there is no greater feeling.

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