More MS news articles for April 2002

MS gives woman a 'mission to help others'

MS gives woman a 'mission to help'

Saturday, April 6, 2002
By Dick Case, Post Standard Columnist

Laurie Cook's a Syracusan who works for the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth. Sunday, she plans to join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk that starts at 10 a.m. at Nottingham High School.

She's got a personal stake in the event.

This is part of a letter Laurie recently wrote to family and friends:

"I have already been a believer that everything happens for a reason, but this past June, when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I simply could not find a reason. ... From even before the day I was told for sure, I was terrified of what was and could be happening to me.

"What kind of future would I have? Would I lose the ability to see, to walk? Would I ever be able to have children? I simply couldn't understand. ...

"I have finally realized why this 'happened to' me. I am a strong person, and I know that my mission is to help others with multiple sclerosis stay strong and healthy. I am not a scientist, and I will not be able to come up with a cure, but I can support the incredible people who do have the ability.

"My goal is to raise the money that is needed to put an end to multiple sclerosis. ... I believe this is the reason that the disease was brought into my life and my consciousness.

"I will do what I am able to, to end the suffering of those affected by MS.

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