Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Back to School 2015

Well hello again, I'm hoping all parents involved survived the back to school routine - I myself was pretty stressed - back to school, back to work all in one day - phew!  No wonder I drink!  But all that is about to change hey?  Only 4 more days of January and then I am on the wagon, look out!  I  hope I still have a family that loves me and some friends that are willing to hang out once I've completed my challenge.

Did you know;

Multiple sclerosis statistics  No, me neither until until my friend Mary was diagnosed with MS in 2002.  She was 31 and  in the prime of her life.  It was a shock not only to her but to all her friends as well.  Mary went from being a Gym Junkie and National Dragon Boat Champion, she loved walking on her glorious Gold Coast beaches every day, worked two jobs and loved socialising.  - be it shopping, dancing or exercising!  Mary always was the life of the party.  (She still is if truth be told) :)

Mary thought that with her MS diagnosis she would not be unable to do much of the above and really struggled with "What can I offer friendships? My partner?  My family?"

Mary is such an important person not only to her family but to her extended family and friends far and wide and she is cared for and loved immensely by all of us.

So Mary is off to Moscow in August this year for HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplant) treatment.   The procedure involves 'harvesting' stem cells taken from the patient's bone marrow blood, then destroying the patient's immune system through chemotherapy before transplanting the healthy stem cells back into the body to rebuild a 'clean' immune system.  In effect, the body's immune system is wiped through the Chemotherapy, which means no more MS!  YAY

Here is the link once again (in case you missed it), PLEASE dig deep and help Mary on her Mission to Moscow.     http://www.gofundme.com/hoo888