I had so much fun reading the responses to An Open Letter to Jack Osbourne from People with Multiple Sclerosis (and I was so proud of everyone who wrote in and shared intimate details of their lives to make things easier for a stranger) that I decided to send some letters to other famous people with MS, comprised of all of your individual messages. So much is written about these people and their lives with MS, but it is rare that we ever get to talk to them, as fellow individuals living with MS from day-to-day.
I was a little surprised by what readers had to say about Ann Romney in my previous post, Ann Romney, Multiple Sclerosis and the Presidential Campaign. It seems like people were on the fence between thinking Ann was great and showing great empathy for her, as a person living with MS, and thinking that Ann was misrepresenting the challenges that the average person with MS faces day-to-day.
Here is your chance to talk to Ann directly. Tell her what you think. Share what you wish she would say as a person with MS to the rest of America.
I'll go first, but I'll be brief:
I am sorry that you have MS and admire you for being able to keep up on the campaign trail. I hope that you are able to take care of yourself during what must be grueling days. You have brought attention to multiple sclerosis. More people are aware of the disease because of your openness about it, and that is a good thing. You seem to be doing great physically, and I am happy about that. However, many people with MS are not doing as well as you are. Their disease has progressed more quickly or they may have symptoms that are more obvious or disabling. I think we would all be grateful if you would mention this fact occasionally, so that the American public can know that MS can take many forms and affect people differently. Thank you.