Tonight is the MS Moonlight Walk. Thousands of people will be walking a 5 or 10 km route along Brisbane's Southbank in the hope of raising $300,000 to help the 23,000 people in Australia living with MS.
I had planned on getting a team together and doing the walk myself, but my calendar quickly clashed, and family comes first. My daughter has a big musical theatre concert on Sunday, and I won't be able to see it as I am attending an MS retreat for the week, flying out of Brisbane Sunday morning. The only chance I will have to see her perform is during the dress rehearsal tonight which is at the same time as the walk.
I will not be blogging or on instagram for the next week. I am attending the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis retreat at The Gawler Foundation in the Yarra Valley, just outside of my hometown Melbourne. It's a small intimate retreat of 38 people with MS, or their carers. It's run by Professor George Jellinek who wrote the book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. I think it will be educational, emotional and a little confronting.
Why am I going to a retreat to learn self-help and self-healing techniques? Because whilst I inject myself daily with medicine that costs over $1,000 per month*, I believe there is more to good health and living well than relying on medicine. I believe the food we eat, and the way we choose to live our lives are just as important.
I tried so hard to think of a way to explain why I am so determined to look after myself and how it feels, but it's so hard ... it's so personal. If you have 4 minutes to spare, please listen to Tricia's story as I think she explains how we all feel really well.
If you would like to know more about the MS Moonlight walk or would like to sponsor somebody who is walking, visit the web site here.
* I am grateful that I live in Australia, and that the huge cost of my medicine is largely covered under the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS).