At his facebook page today, Jack Osbourne wrote about what dancing has been like while having Multiple Sclerosis. He hasn’t had any severe symptoms, other than “the odd bit of tingling down his leg and an occasional bout of fatigue”. At the same time, he’s “holding his breath” because you never know what tomorrow will bring. More below and at the link. A must read and full of heart!! I am so glad Jack danced this season. Between he and Valerie Harper, I think we’ve all learned an important life lesson we weren’t expecting.
The truth of the matter is, today I’m good. I’m feeling strong and confident in my ability to continue on. It’s funny, no matter how much information there is out there about MS, it still carries a negative stigma. Nowadays if you find a treatment that works for you, you exercise regularly, eat right, and take care of yourself, you really can have a chance at a relatively symptom free life. (I use the term relatively loosely)
I’m not saying everyone with MS can do DWTS, but it doesn’t mean you can’t set an achievable goal and strive to achieve it everyday. No matter who you are or what you struggle with, that is something we are all capable of. And right now my goal is to win that mirrorball trophy.
The interesting thing about DWTS is that it is a competition of progress, it slowly ramps up it’s intensity as every week goes by, so although you hit the ground running, you don’t hit the ground sprinting (that’s this week).
I’m ready to sprint. I owe a lot of that to my partner Cheryl Burke. Cheryl believes in me in a way that has made me believe in myself. In my moments of doubt, I know that Cheryl always has my back.
I can’t quite put into words how moved I am by all the people who have reached out to me online. It truly means a lot. ***Just know this, if that day does come where I do win this mirrorball, know that I didn’t just win it for me, but I won it for all of us with MS.***