I have been very remiss in not mentioning before that one of my most favorite people in the whole world has been fighting a daily battle w/ MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for about 10 years now.
I haven't mentioned it I guess b/c A) she's a private person and B) I support her by giving money quietly to the MS Society & by supporting her hubby when he does the big MS bike ride from Houston to Austin each year... but I wish I could do more.
I wish I could donate millions of dollars so that a cure could be found NOW. So she could get up from her fancy electric ride & be CURED forever and ever. I hate that MS keeps her shut inside her house for days at a time. I hate that my vibrant, smart, beautiful & soulful friend can't get OUT and do all the things she's always loved doing as often as she'd love to do them. Mostly, I'm selfish & wish she could just get on a plane & come see me, or her sister, or her grammy, etc. whenever she wanted. B/c you know what? I effing miss her. I miss talking into the wee hours about everything under the sun. I consider her to be one of my best friends & I wish she knew how much I love her b/c I'm not sure she does.
So Beanie, I'm gonna work a little harder on my commitment to the MS cure & advocacy thing. I vow that when I'm all moved to Seattle, I will hook up w/ the local MS chapter & even if all I can do is lick envelopes once a month, that's what I'll do. For you, and for the millions of others who are fighting the good fight.
I love you. I miss you. You're my effing hero!
For all y'all that wanna see my buddy in action... check THIS out (click on the Real Audio file for 3/19 - TX House Bill 802). She's doing her part. What will YOU do?
Oh, and if MS ain't your thing, at least consider being an activist for a cause that DOES touch your life. My mom died of Alzheimer's in 2007. She suffered w/ that disease for 12 years! It was devastating for my family to watch & now one of my childhood friends is watching HER mom go through the same ordeal. Maybe you have a family member that is affected by dementia too? Or Ovarian Cancer? Give money, give time, walk the fund raising walks. Just find your groove & do something. I beg you. My friend needs you. My friend's mom needs you.