I recently reconnected with a friend from High School. I discovered that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago. Recently she posted something about it on Facebook; part of it was a revelation that insurance doesn’t cover the cost of a program called Project Walk, as they regulate physical therapy visits. She provided a link to the information, and it is an incredible program. I promised to help in some way, and the only way I could think to help is to get the word out. The only way I could think to do that is to write, so I wrote. The poem below is a product of Elena’s own words and sentiment. You might notice a vague nod to Sophocles as well.

This is not a solicitation – just information.

As always, feedback and comments are welcome. Happy Blogging, and thank you for reading. ~ Linda


Elena’s story

Some information:
Project Walk
Per Elena, it is,

“a paralysis recovery center, that concentrates on people with mobility issues in efforts to get them walking/functioning again…from spinal chord injuries, MS, Parkinsons, ALS, etc.”

Being medically uninformed, I looked up resources for kids so I could understand a little better: I found the following and some of its links very informative:
For Kids Keep S’myelin

An activity book that had good info

G EO System Product video long version – YouTube

Project Walk
Two feet in the morning
I walked or ran each day
I used to take for granted
what I struggle with today
In ’93 Doc’s said MS
the roller-coaster ride began
Three feet in the afternoon
a young woman and a cane
it’s just pure frustration
to stand or walk, cane free
kind people offer help
that I don’t want to need
a test of muscle memory
like you have never seen
a fight I am prepared to wage
a battle bigger than me
to master this metal monster
so I may cast away my wheels
© L. Rose (Sentiment by Elena M.)