I was young, I was healthy, I was doing what other young healthy adults do in New York City. I rode the 30th annual Five Boro Bike Tour with 30,000 other cyclists. I also found myself visiting the ER because I suddenly couldn't see out of my left eye. I had always had perfect vision, my whole life. Why was I experiencing this now? In the ER, the CAT scans showed nothing conclusive. After a Neuro-opthalmologist visit and a battery of tests, it was decided that the worst case scenario prognosis was Multiple Sclerosis. I stood fast, not scared yet... I mean, that was a worst case scenario, right? I wouldn't have it...
I went through the jarring experience of sitting inside the cold tube of an MRI unit. That's when I got the bad news. With that and two more MRI's, it was confirmed that there were lesions on my brain, and I had Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). It's a surreal feeling to realize you are afflicted with a disease that other people do charity rides for.
Even before diagnosis I had decided that no matter the outcome, I would keep a positive attitude. So, now I poured through literature and websites to research the disease and its treatment. That's how I found the New York City MS Bike Tour. I signed up immediately, charged with excitement to be able to do something to help myself and others. I would ride 60 miles to raise money for research to find a cure. I also wouldn't be alone. 5,000 cyclists will ride for a cure that day, 11 of which are my teammates, The Spinning Stars.
To Support the Spinning Stars and help fight MS visit:
The Spinning Stars MS Page
Many thanks for your support, kindness and generosity,
Melissa Star and the Spinning Stars