As many of you know, my son is autistic. And I have a heart for advocating for others with disabilities. I recently reconnected with an old friend and to learn what has been going on in his family has pulled at my heart strings.
Let’s talk about Natalie…
Natalie was born in Guangdong Province PRC in 2003. By the grace of God, Aaron was blessed to have been chosen to be her father and they became a family in 2004. Natalie is incredibly smart and has a great sense of humor. In July 2014, Natalie lost vision in both eyes and the ability to walk. She was admitted to Boston’s Children’s Hospital where they treated her and discovered she suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. This disease generally strikes mature women. Natalie was only 10 when she was diagnosed! Also, MS is rare in Asians. Their family, but especially Talie, has had to adjust their life to manage this terrible disease. Through the care of the many incredibly caring health care professionals, Talie has regained her eyesight and ability to walk. She is doing great in school and participates in sports and other activities. It’s through a very healthy diet and a regularly administered medication that allows Talie to enjoy all that life has to offer.
This is the second year that Natalie’s dad, Aaron, has done the NH Seacoast Escape ride for MS. I am asking you to support Aaron in Bike MS because this cause hits home for him. Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS
Please consider donating to Aaron’s ride so that more advancement in research can be made so that Talie and people like her may see a life free of MS. You can donate here.
I am imploring you to search your heart and if this unusual case leads you to support Aaron on his ride for MS, I encourage you to follow your heart and support him. Sometimes all it takes is $1, $5 or whatever your heart tells you to make the difference in a child’s life. This is such a rare occurrence for MS in a child like Natalie. She is doing well right now, but my heart aches for what the future might hold for her if a cure is not found for MS. Again, Aaron’s donation page is here.
I’m a huge believer that we can learn from others experiences and difficulties. Sometimes we can relate to them directly and sometimes it is an indirect connection we have. Whatever the case is, whether you can donate or not, keep Natalie in your thoughts and prayers as she navigates her life’s journey with MS.