When we walked into the building yesterday, what stood out and grabbed us was a cute lady sitting in a separate chair away from the group, but surrounded by people. The pink bracelets on everyone shouted out their message:"FIGHT LIKE A GRANDMA - KRISTINE OSBORN". Kristine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery last week. She is awaiting test results to tell her what her next step is. The quiet strength exuding from her was incredible.
Not only has she been diagnosed with cancer, she has been fighting lupus and multiple sclerosis for some time now.
If you have lupus, your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. This can damage your joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. There are many kinds of lupus. The most common type, systemic lupus erythematosus, affects many parts of the body. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lupus.html
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects your nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between your brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of MS. They can include
- Visual disturbances
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble with coordination and balance
- Sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles"
- Thinking and memory problems