Issaquah honors soccer star after MS diagnosis; she vows to ‘get my cleats back on’

But while prepping for her freshman year at UW, doctors diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis.

“I think my whole life I’ve been battling smaller things – injuries just things that happen,” Longo said. “But with me, I’ve carried a passion for the game and a passion for soccer and a team and I think one diagnosis, one disease, isn’t gonna be able to hold me back from that.”

As if anything could.

“It’s not gonna define my life, and I’m gonna do what it takes to keep pushing through,” she said.

And if, by chance, she could ever use a push – well, her entire community’s got her back.

“It started out as a simple ‘let’s do something to support Claudia,’ and it took on a life of its own,” Claudia’s father Michael said. “Everyone just wanted to show their love and support of Claudia. We feel so blessed to be part of this great community.”

This is a sad but inspiring story about Claudia Longo being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and her attitude. This is sad because it is yet another case of a young adult being diagnosed with MS.

Inspiring because she has an attitude that says multiple sclerosis is not going to tell her she can’t play soccer. Also is the fact that her teammates and the community has her back.

I wish Claudia Longo best of luck in all of your endeavors.

American Idol’s Carly Moffa releases new single inspired by mom’s struggles with MS

Harbor – .a safe place. It’s a concept the Williamstown native has been struggling to grasp since her mom, Betsy, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“The song is like an admittance of my humanity almost. It’s saying I am allowed to be scared and so is my mom. I am allowed to be sad and so is my mom and even with that sadness we can still fight,” she said.

Here is the video.

Thank you to Carly Moffa and your mother Betsy, for bringing Ms awareness, as well as helping to fund-raise for MS research.

Hot Spring Hot Springs Arkansas Jigsaw Puzzle

Hot Spring of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

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3,496 of the 490,616 Americans that have MS live in Arkansas.

Source: National MS Society 10/2016.

Fact: There is nothing that an individual with MS either did to cause the disease to happen, or can avoid to stop the disease from following its natural course. – The Cleveland Clinic

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Caledonia woman makes strides against MS

CALEDONIA — Rebecca Benish, along with her teammates, last week proved that a multiple sclerosis diagnosis doesn’t have to mean a sedentary life or confinement to a wheelchair.

Benish, 39, of Caledonia, was joined by more than 90 teammates in the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Oct. 21 in Detroit.

“It was so exciting,” Benish said of the marathon.

The members of the Run A Myelin My Shoes team, half of whom have MS, ran various distances: Some did the whole marathon, some did half and others, like Benish, took part in a relay. Benish ran 12.9 miles that day, making up two legs of the relay. Others from every continent across the globe joined in running or walking. The team worked to raise money and awareness for the National MS Society.

Congratulations and thank you to Rebecca Benish, Cheryl Hile and the rest of the Run A Myelin My Shoes team, on completing the Detroit Marathon. Excellent job of fund-raising and MS awareness.

Sea Lions SeaWorld At San Antonio Texas Jigsaw Puzzle

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26,343 of the 490,616 Americans that have MS live in Texas.

Source: National MS Society 10/2016.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological disease among young adults, typically appearing between the ages of 20 and 40. Over 400,000 Americans suffer from MS. More than 200 new patients are diagnosed each week and more women are affected than men. – Harvard NuroDiscovery Center

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Taking It by the Horns’: Woman With Multiple Sclerosis to Run in Marine Corps Marathon

When Kari Albrecht Earll was diagnosed with the often debilitating disease multiple sclerosis, she was devastated. She thought her passion for running would have to end.

“I cried a lot. I went home, told my husband I was OK with him leaving me if he wanted to and he said he wasn’t leaving me. He would race in a wheelchair with me if that’s what it meant,” Earll said.

But five years later, Earll and her husband Mike will be running together – sans wheelchairs – in the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

“I think a lot of people don’t understand because people do associate MS with a wheelchair and it’s not true,” Earll said.

Good luck to Kari Albrecht Earll and her husband Mike, who are running in the Marine Corps Marathon. Also thank you for what you are doing to fundraise for the MSAA and MS awareness. I believe more awareness of MS means more understanding for those of us with the disease and more donations.

Over 11,000 people live in Missouri with MS according to the National MS Society, as of October 2016.

Swimmers from the Shepherd Center raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

The Shepherd Center patients joined together to create Team Shepherd Swimmers for MS.

They’ve been working since April to raise money and presented the donation to MSAA Friday.

Volunteers say several participants on the Shepherd Center’s swimming team live with MS themselves and a number of other participants are family members and caregivers of people living with MS.

Thank you to members of the Shepherd’s Center who participated or volunteered to help with this event.

As of October 2016, the National MS Society estimated they were 10,500 people living in Georgia with multiple sclerosis.