Pam Smith was suffering from the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis for years until she was diagnosed in 2001.
Her family doctor couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so Pam decided to change doctors.
That’s when she was referred to a specialist and diagnosed with MS.
Pam admits the hardest part was accepting help from others.
She felt embarrassed that she wasn’t able to do certain things the way she used to and didn’t want to ask friends or family for help. She learned over time that accepting help is not a sign of weakness. Her Husband Dick, daughters Jackelyn and Michelle have provided support both physically and emotionally. Pam says, "They are always aware when I’m having a bad day and give hugs and support, which is sometimes all I need".
She participates every year in the Duncan Scotiabank MS Walk because she doesn’t want her children or grandchildren to go through what she’s going through.
Pam says "If we can find a cure to MS we might be able to cure other neurological diseases".
Pam has participated in the MS Walk since 2003. She was team captain of her own team for several years and presently continues to be an excellent fundraiser for MS Walk as part of her daughter Michelle’s team, Coastal Community Crew.
The Duncan MS Walk is an inclusive and family oriented event with face painting, balloons, coffee and continental breakfast, healthy lunch, doggie treats and bandanas, motivational speakers and lots of community spirit. All routes are wheel chair accessible.
For more information or to register go to www.mswalks. ca or call the local MS Society office at 250-748-7010.