My name is Shannon Parsons and I moved to beautiful Milton in 2009. It’s been almost 3 years since I was diagnosed with ms. I remember when I heard those words, I thought my life was over. I hit rock bottom and didn’t want to go on, somehow with the support of my family and friends and my inner desire to fi nd happiness again, I slowly climbed back up and out of the darkness. Fast forward to today, I am fortunate that I caught things relatively early, got on disease modifying drugs and was able to exercise and do a lot of self-care to stay healthy. When my foot goes numb, when fatigue makes it seem impossible to go on or I feel a tingling sensation up my back, I am reminded that the disease is still there, it is real, but I choose to try and keep positive and do what is in my control to keep things at bay.

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, an estimated 90,000 Canadians are living with the disease. On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS each day.

Since covid started and everything has been affected, I knew that fundraising would also take a big hit. Without these funds, the amazing researchers and doctors can’t continue to do their work and get closer to finding a cure. Th is year, the Milton MS walk is on Sunday, May 30th. In the past, the walking community would gather and walk together. Unfortunately, because of covid, this can’t happen, so instead participants will raise funds and do their own walk!

If you are looking to get involved or would like to make a donation, you can go online to the 2021 Milton-Halton ms walk. If you would like to make a donation to my walk, my name will be on the participants list (Shannon Parsons)! That day I will walk as fast and as far as my legs will allow me in the name of ending MS!

To learn more about this year’s M.S. Walk in Ontario for 2021 visit their website: www.mswalks.ca

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