Multiple sclerosis takes its toll not only on your health, but also on your wallet. And because it’s such an unpredictable disease, you never quite know when you’re going to be hit with a new round of huge medical bills. I was reminded of this reality yet again in late October, shortly after having finished one of the most exhilarating accomplishments of my life: the National MS Society’s Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour 2012.
I felt so liberated and proud that I finished the 100 miles in two days…despite the rain, wind and cold that we had to endure during the ride to “sunny” San Diego. I felt very healthy, albeit a bit tired and sore, after the ride. Most of all, I felt blessed to ride alongside an amazing team.
My health took a turn for the worse just eight days later, when I felt pain on the right side of my belly. Thinking I must have pulled a muscle, I didn’t pay much attention to it. It was 100 miles after all; pain is to be expected, right? But the pain got worse, and later that afternoon I drove myself to an urgent care center. The doctor initially thought it was either appendicitis or a cyst on my ovary. After a slew of tests, however, I learned that my gallbladder was sick, inflamed, full of stones and would need to be removed. What?! Where did that come from?! Continue reading