Wednesday May 16 2018 09:42 AM
James Tracy, Leinster and Ireland rugby player, tells us about his sister Sara-Jane Tracy and how much she inspires him.
“Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy, which happens a lot when you're the youngest and only boy with two sisters!!. As much as they make you mad, annoy you, put you back in your box from time to time, these are the people who know you the best and who love you the most.
As the saying goes 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone', it's true, but we are all guilty of taking life's gifts for granted. For my sister Sara-Jane, being diagnosed with MS pales in comparison to being told she couldn't do what she loved anymore. Horses were not just a hobby for her, from an early age they were her outlet, her job, her life.
Through diet, exercise, hard work and sheer determination (she gets her stubbornness from the mother!), she proved the experts wrong and was back on the horse in a matter of months after being told she would never ride again. Like everyone, she has her good days, and she has her bad days. I will never fully understand or feel the struggle she endures every day. What I do know, is the journey she has embarked on. From the lowest lows of not being able to dress herself, having to learn how to write again to losing her kidneys early this year, to the highs of getting to ride again whilst juggling a strict dialysis schedule, incredibly she is now back competing.
My sister is not only someone I love with MS, she's someone I admire.”
Do you love someone with MS? Then spread the love, put those thinking caps on and hold a Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraiser this May!
Now is the time to rally your friends to support MS research, help fund our services and get creative.
Whether you want to hold a morning tea, run a marathon, throw a movie night, or even fire walk, your fundraising options are endless and no idea is too crazy!
Register now and hold a fundraiser to help us get closer to a cure for MS. www.kissgoodbyetoms.ie