As most of you probably know, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in September, when Hazel was just six months old (though my neurologists think that I have had it for much longer). It was a very difficult time for us, as the future is so uncertain with this disease. It is easy to imagine all sorts of terrifying scenarios. I have been on daily injections of the disease modifying drug Copaxone since my diagnosis, as well as taking advantage of many complimentary and alternative treatments. I'm glad to say that I am in remission right now, but the next flare always is looming on the horizon. At some point you just have to stop thinking about what the future could possibly hold and start to take action. I'm still scared for the future, but I'm very hopeful that the cure is right around the corner. Research is ongoing, and the past decade has seen amazing advances in treatment of the disease. The MS of today is not the MS of fifteen years ago.
So, that said, I figured it had been a while since I hit you all up for money and you were probably wondering what I've been doing with myself. On April 4th, I'm leading a team in the MS Walk in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Please help by making a donation - large or small - to create a world free of MS. Or, why notjoin me on the day of the walk? Become a walker, and as teammates we can work together to raise the funds to make a difference. Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
Click here to make a secure, online donation on my personal page or to join me, Jamie and Hazel on the day of the walk in beautiful Newburyport!
Welcome to Hazel's Baby Book! We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from all over the world since Hazel's accident. Since I began to write about it, the incident involving Hazel's near-death from swallowing a button battery has gone viral, linked all over the internet and posted on parenting message boards in every corner of the globe. If you are just catching up, you can find the beginning of the story here. Hug your babies tight, and thank you for helping us educate other parents. Blessings!