I am a wife, mother of two grown sons, and have been living with and through the up and down life of a chronic illness for more than 25 years. There have been so many more down moments than anything else.

Eleven years ago, I lost my ability to walk. It was and is such a traumatic loss., and the massive effects of losses it caused was and is overwhelming. There was an added complication that can’t be seen. It is the psychological burdens that became evident when coping with significant loss. There are times it became worse, but faith is what saved me as it had many other times in my life. I am so thankful for what I know as hope. I still possess the potential of meeting other goals and making other dreams come to past and the belief that I will walk again. God isn’t finished with me yet!

“A New Day for Ice” was begun to raise money for me to have stem cell transplantation to reverse damage and symptoms this disease has caused. Please read more about my story at http://www.youcaring.com/anewdayforice

With the help of my husband, who is now my caretaker, and my sons, who make themselves available when needed, we cope with the added adversities that this disease has brought to all of us. I do know life can and will be better.

We all need to believe in that which is good, better, and best. Each one of us has an obligation and mission to strive to live well and with purpose. There is nothing wrong with a person just striving to do their best.

I recently answered the calling of my earlier years that went unanswered until I was 59 years old. Following through led me to one of the most amazing honors I’ve had in my life. I also make handcrafted semi-precious stone jewelry to keep my dexterity functioning better.  Another activity I enjoy is playing chess to keep my mind sharper and more engaged. I just need to do it more often.

MS is a neurological disease. This disease can affect fine motor skills and so many other ways we’re used to functioning. It becomes more challenging if we succumb to it more than it may steal away.

It is with great excitement that I get back into writing and sharing this blog with you. I hope you enjoy reading about my journey and you find it inspiring.

We each must seek to live out our visions for our life, despite the odds and by doing no harm to others.

“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair”, is a poem written by Langston Hughes. It sums up the tumultuous events I’ve dealt with in my complicated life and also enduring through while living with MS. 


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