Bike MS: Cape Cod 2014

Last summer my father-in-law succumbed to prostate cancer. He managed to live his life with a lot of joy mixed in with hard work, and he was someone I greatly admire. In addition to having to deal with years of cancer treatments, my FIL also found out he had MS. At the time, he was relieved because at first his doctors thought that the cancer had gotten to his brain.

However, between chemo and MS attacks, he had a difficult time getting around in the end. It frustrated him greatly that he couldn’t do everything he enjoyed, like standing at the stove cooking. He hated it when we lingered behind him as he tried to walk places — he was a self-sufficient man under attack by his own body.

Sadly, his daughter, my sister-in-law, also has been stricken by MS. She has two young children, and she desperately wants to be able to keep up with all their activities.

I am going to try to run for MS in the Boston Marathon if they will have me. It’s such a personal cause for my family, and I feel so very grateful that I am able to run when it is something I see I should not take for granted.

Andy of I’m a Runner and So Can You posted this on his blog the other day, and I thought it important to reblog. I hope you can join us in trying to cure this disease.

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7 thoughts on “Bike MS: Cape Cod 2014

  1. That is a great cause I wish didn’t exist – I don’t know anyone personally afflicted, but it is my Fraternity’s ‘national philanthropy’, and when I was president and ‘national rep’ I learned a lot and heard a lot of difficult stories … thanks for all of the attention, and I will do what I can financially. 🙂

  2. tundrawoman says:

    “…if they will have me.” MS is a devastating, unpredictable disease in it’s course and living with uncertainty is a horrible mental and physical place to be: It’s like having the Sword of Damocles hanging over your head. You’re never sure if some new weirdness your body is doing is just, well, normal or if it’s the progression of the illness.
    Whether or not they’ll “have you,” thank you PV for bringing attention to this disease. HOPEFULLY, research will help bring about if not a cure eventually, more sensitive testing that allows us to become aware of and challenge this disease sooner rather than later.
    Again, thanks!
    TW

  3. I’ll be looking into this more. Thank you so much for sharing. My wonderful mother-in-law passed away from complications of MS in 2007 and I love finding new ways to get involved in bringing attention to the disease.

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