I’ve always liked pink and orange, though not together. When I was a young girl, the walls of my bedroom were pink. As a teenager, I opted for a bright shade of orange, much to my mother’s chagrin and my father’s amusement. In this age of color-coded illness, it’s a bit eerie that I should have both the pink disease — breast cancer — and the orange one — multiple sclerosis (MS).
Each forever altered my life emotionally, as well as physically. Comparing the two diseases is like comparing apples and oranges. It just doesn’t make much sense.
Triple-negative breast cancer threatened my life, and in a much more immediate way than MS. The pink-themed disease has gotten a lot of attention in recent decades. We all know something about it, and most of us know someone who has had it. But March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and I dare say it’s more difficult to comprehend, even for those who live with it every day, and much more so for those who don’t. Orange hasn’t caught on like pink.
MS is complicated…confusing…confounding. Isn’t that the thing Jerry’s Kids have? No. It puts you in a wheelchair, right? Not necessarily. [A Typical Life with Multiple Sclerosis] The cause, the treatment, and the cure are all up for spirited debate among laypersons and medical professionals alike.
MS knocked me around pretty good for many years, but today I feel healthier than I have in a decade. I can walk five miles without a hitch and I don’t require an afternoon nap. That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be in the throes of an MS relapse, or that I don’t relate to people with progressive MS.
That’s why I’m raising funds for the National MS Society by participating in Walk MS. My local walk doesn’t take place until May and if there’s anything I know about MS it’s that anything can happen. Some years I walk with a spring in my step, sometimes I use a cane, and one year I needed a wheelchair. What will this year bring? No matter. The walk must go on.
Last March I was busy battling the pink disease. It’s Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month and this March I’m all about orange.
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