Aaron Taylor rode in the MS Gong Ride 2018 because he loved to cycle.
He hadn’t put a huge amount of thought into what the ride actually meant, and who he was riding for...
It turned out Aaron was riding for his wife.
Meet Michelle Taylor
Michelle’s battle with MS began in an unbelievable way. It all started when Michelle broke her ankle in December 2017. After it healed, she then broke it again in December 2018.
After each break, she found walking very difficult. With two young children, Michelle was relying on the help of strangers to help her get to and from her car after school drop-off.
She also had some other symptoms, that at the time weren’t linked to her broken ankle. Michelle was suffering from slurred speech, blurred vision and was unable to perform simple daily tasks such as using a pen to write a shopping list.
She eventually saw a neurologist, who suggested these symptoms were due to an auto-immune condition called Hashimoto's disease and prescribed a 6-month course of steroids.
A few weeks later, Michelle was taking her father to a neurologist for treatment for his Guillain-Barré syndrome.
At this stage, the steroids had not helped, so Michelle was using walking sticks to help her get around.
To her surprise, her father’s neurologist told Michelle he would like to check her out too...
Michelle was immediately sent for an MRI, which revealed that she had MS. Suddenly, all the symptoms Michelle had been experiencing for the last 2 years made sense. She had put her inability to walk down to her broken ankle, but it had been the first sign of MS.
There is no cure for MS, and the symptoms are unpredictable which means Michelle has to take things day by day.
Some days, Michelle is unable to walk.
Her symptoms lessen and worsen depending on the week, and she regularly undergoes infusions to help relieve her symptoms.
To say thank you for taking on this challenge, Michelle has a message for you.
“Thank you SO much for riding to fight MS. MS is an invisible chronic illness that is now velcroed to me for life. Others around me can’t see it or hear it, but my body feels it. I don’t know where this MS journey will take me, but you’re your support means I’m not on it alone. Watching Aaron cross the finish line has taken on a new meaning for me since I was diagnosed. Your support means I’m not fighting this battle alone. Thank you. You’re awesome!”
It's YOUR ride to Fight MS that makes sure no one faces MS alone.