Sarah explains why she wants to tell other women about her experiences with multiple sclerosis.
I think what inspires me to share my story is that you never know who you are going to help. Just mentioning that I have MS to a friend of mine one day, she called me back a week later and said, “I have got this other friend who is just diagnosed and she is very depressed. She’s, she can’t leave the house. Would you speak with her?”
And I went over there with my kid; she had children the same age. We had a play date, and by the time I was done talking with her, she felt like, well there’s hope. Looking at me, at the time, eight years after the diagnosis, she said, “Okay, I am not going to be in a wheelchair six months from now. I can go on and have more children if I want.” I had this, this is going to be a life for me, and I think that’s, that’s why I do this.
I want people to know that there’s hope and that MS today is not MS 20 years ago. People are living better with it, are staying more functional and leading normal lives. And also I want to inspire people to help, whether it’s to donate their time or their money or their voice to advocacy efforts. There’s just so many ways to give back and help people with MS that I think it’s my job to ask people to do that.
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