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.