Well, it's a walk, not a party. But now that I have your attention...
It's normal for the momentum surrounding someone's personal cause to fizzle out over time. Things become habitual, life carries on, people move it to the back of their minds.
And there are other causes people would rather support. I completely get that.
When I started my blog and my fundraising group last year, I knew this would be the case. Honestly, though, I did not expect such a huge difference. It's slower this time. With not as much excitement.
This year, I wonder. People seem more reluctant to join the team or to donate. Is this because it's not a new thing for me? MS is not the monopolizer of all my thoughts?
So, I am writing to share with you my passion for this cause.
This journey is one I'll never be able to leave. One that changes, alters, gets better, gets worse. I fight it every day - sometimes silently.
Some days just thinking about it consumes me. I worry about my odds - will I be able to walk next year? In 5 years? 10 years? Will I lose my sight again? What will this do to my children's lives?
Other days, weeks even - it hardly gets a second. Just a fleeting glance as I inject my medication.
And the support, in whatever form, I get from anyone, at any time of the year, is appreciated and cherished.
But the rallying together for one big event really drives this home for me. I can fight this battle. And there is hope for my future.
Being surrounded by people you love, supporting and cheering, is one of the best feelings in the world.
I hope this doesn't come off as a plea for your money. It's not. Because really - joining the team (for the locals) means much more!
And for those who have had to endure this ramble on more than one occasion - thank you for just smiling and nodding!