Multiple Sclerosis A story to Tell The 2nd Annual Dinner May 2 2015


Hey it's your Girl JA Nursing here, When asked to be a part of this event it was a no brainier.  Last year  May 4 2014  to be exact , I was invited to be a speaker  for   Life's Poetry Author Josephine Casey. 

I  received a phone call outlining that her young sister age 17  Tionna had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis  (MS).  When Josephine expressed  the need to host a Fundraiser for her Sister Tionna,  I knew it had to be done.  
The Passion behind  Life's Poetry   and it's overall symbolic meaning. My hats go off to Josephine Casey for her dedication to share awareness about (MS) Multiple Sclerosis and share  Life's Poetry 

learn more about this event and about Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an 
unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The disease attacks the
myelin which is a protective covering wrapped around the nerves of the central nervous system. This disease can cause various symptoms or little symptoms but bear in mind that most serve would include balance and mobility issues that can cause a person to be wheelchair bound.

For years, I have assumed  that  those from a  African decent  are less likely to develop Multiple sclerosis (MS),   but a new study suggests the opposite may be true.

"This is a disease that affects all racial and ethnic groups," the researcher told Reuters Health.

"If somebody comes in with symptoms that are suspicious for MS particularly blacks, we now know that theses symptoms should be taken seriously and proper work up should be done. 
This factor also goes to say that as individuals we also have to be aware  and not assume that it can't possibly be MS because your the wrong race or ethnicity.

Looking back, being in High school was a time of challenges stemming from acceptance, what's your next step and for myself it was teen pregnancy. 
Wow being pregnant in high school  at 17 felt like the  biggest challenge that I would face.  The strength of a warrior  my friend  who at 17  had a bigger challenge, a illness  with a incurable title.

Josephine Casey (photo Below) Organizer of  MS Fundraiser

West Humber Collegiate a school in Toronto's West End has brought forth some real fighters who today 20 years latter have made a way to show exceptional strength. High School full of struggles but none like what my schoolmate had to face. Back then in the 90's illness and disease were words unknown to us teenagers except for a dear friend named Ruth, who had to face the journey of being diagnosed in High School with MS at the age of 17. Guess the stats are correct ;Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease which is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40. MS is unpredictable SMH  or shake my head.  Back then all the challenges like teen pregnancy, drugs, partying, skipping school seemed quite minor compared to being duagnosed with MS.  I would clapp my hands right now, for the Strength that Ruth has Shown. Being able to join theses too to create  something positive brings me joy.  The union of a strong survivor of Ms and a new warrior of Ms would be the ideal situation of bonding strengths. The purpose of May 2 2015.

L-R Ruth-JA Nursing-Emma

Let's just take a quick look at MS

Did you know ...
✔️Canadians have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world.
✔️MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada.
✔️Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.
✔️Women are more than three times as likely to develop MS as men.
✔️MS can cause loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis.

✔️We don't know what causes MS but researchers are closer to finding the answer.

But given all the above facts about Multiple Sclerosis let's all continue to help create awareness about MS. 

Thankfully  now that we have the  MS Society of Canada  families and friends affected with MS will have a outlet that they can turn too. The ultimate goal is to find a cure.

The MS Society of Canada’s mission “enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life”. 

You are invited to the 2nd Annual MS Fundraising Dinner on May 2nd, 2015 @7pm at the Gospel Café- 5120 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON L4W 4K2.  Join us for an inspirational night of hope, faith and encouragement as we raise funds for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. My sister was diagnosed with MS at the age of 17 and we are in hopes for a cure to end MS.  Please see the attached event details and vendor/sponsorship packages available.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  You will have the opportunity to be a part of this event through vendor opportunities, This will help you promote your Business as well as being a participant for a great cause. For vending information please contact Michelle  416-567-7556 or Josephine 416-668 -4511 

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co/ Warm wishes,
Author of Life's Poetry
(Be Inspired! Feel Inspired! Stay Inspired! This is your time...Just Shine!)

This has been your special event and Health Buzz with your Health Care Advocate Michelle Smith,
This Blog is Dedicated to Tionna and Ruth ❤️ I  am your healthcare advocate 

Stay connected if you or someone you know is going through a health issue please contact us via   or email  416-567-7556 Stay well readers knowledge is Power

Coming soon.....
May 7-9, 2015 will mark the 39th annual MS Carnation Campaign. Communities across Ontario - and throughout Canada - will use the "power of the flower" to help end MS. The campaign's timing just before Mother's Day is particularly appropriate since multiple sclerosis is diagnosed in women three times as often as men. Many people living with MS are
mothers, and this unpredictable, often disabling disease affects entire families.

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