Spoko post Jacka o jego SM. Wpisuje się doskonale w moim zdaniem najbardziej trafną formułę opisującą tą wredną chorobę – "Jedyną rzeczą, która łączy chorych na SM jest niepewność".
DWMS – DANCING WITH MS When I first signed up to do Dancing with the Stars, one of the first questions I was asked was “how will having MS affect your ability to perform throughout the season?” The truthful answer is…I had no idea. Although since being diagnosed in May of 2012 with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) I’ve been able to maintain a very active, and somewhat healthy lifestyle, I hadn’t had the opportunity to really figure out my limitations. I’d participated in numerous adventure races, lasting 12-24 hours, but doing something like that is completely different than training 7 days a week, 40 hours a week. You can’t really prepare for a schedule like this. Fortunately, over the past 10 weeks, I haven’t had any severe symptoms, other than the odd bit of tingling down my leg and the occasional bout of fatigue. In a weird way, I’ve found myself somewhat holding my breath, because although I feel good and confident in my ability to continue to perform, you never really do know what tomorrow is going to bring. For people who have MS, I think you’ll be able to relate to that feeling. It’s funny, every week after the show, we all line up and do a big red carpet press line, and the question that every single reporter asks me is how are you feeling – any aches any pains? But we all know what they’re really asking. The truth of the matter is, today I’m good. I’m feeling strong and confident in my ability to continue on. It’s funny, no matter how much information there is out there about MS, it still carries a negative stigma. Nowadays if you find a treatment that works for you, you exercise regularly, eat right, and take care of yourself, you really can have a chance at a relatively symptom free life. (I use the term relatively loosely) I’m not saying everyone with MS can do DWTS, but it doesn’t mean you can’t set an achievable goal and strive to achieve it everyday. No matter who you are or what you struggle with, that is something we are all capable of. And right now my goal is to win that mirrorball trophy. The interesting thing about DWTS is that it is a competition of progress, it slowly ramps up it’s intensity as every week goes by, so although you hit the ground running, you don’t hit the ground sprinting (that’s this week). I’m ready to sprint. I owe a lot of that to my partner Cheryl Burke. Cheryl believes in me in a way that has made me believe in myself. In my moments of doubt, I know that Cheryl always has my back. I can’t quite put into words how moved I am by all the people who have reached out to me online. It truly means a lot. ***Just know this, if that day does come where I do win this mirrorball, know that I didn’t just win it for me, but I won it for all of us with MS.***