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Lawton Woman Learning to Live With MS

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LAWTON, Okla_Hundreds banded together in Lawton on Saturday to fight against the debilitating disease Multiple Sclerosis.

Those living with MS alongside their friends and family walked three miles to and from Lawton High School. There is no cure for MS, a disease that affects over 3,000 in the state of Oklahoma alone.

Lynn Stewart is living with Multiple Sclerosis.

"I was diagnosed right about on my 52nd birthday as a matter of fact, just last year, " said Stewart.

It was something she never thought she'd be dealing with.

"I always thought it was a disease for like 20 and 30 year olds, but several years ago in my 30s I did have tingling, but then it disappeared, and then it came back when I was 49, " Stewart explained.

After finally being diagnosed she's now taking weekly shots to keep her symptoms at bay. She said learning to cope and slow down has been a challenge.

"Being tired at a degree... you just cannot comprehend how tired you can get, " Stewart said.

So as a new member of the MS Community she showed up, leader of her team "Mega Stewart" for her very first MS Walk.

Immediately she began to feel that sense of community, and the support system of those fighting along side her.

"I've already been in tears more than once just seeing the support of one another, so it's very, just enriching, and I need it head and heart to be supported that way, " Stewart explained.

And that's why the National MS society thinks these events are so important to keep up.

"It is so many people here in Oklahoma. We have over 3,400 people in the state that have MS. 2.1 million people world wide. An event like this is a great chance to come together as a community and show your support, " said Beth Snyder, Development Coordinator with the National MS Society.

And that's what Lynn Stewart's former students and family showed up to do.

"She's always been so supportive of all of us, all the time, so I had to come. I had to be here for her, " said Stewart's former student Angie Allsbury.

Lynn said to look around and see her husband, son and students rallying around her gives her strength. And she said she has her eyes on a cure.

"As a future grandmother it would be great. I kind of tear up when I see people holding their grandchildren, and I wonder is that something that will come to me or will it not be safe for me to hold an infant, " Stewart said. "I just think it's beautiful so many people came here and they've supported with the donations in more than one way. Just their presence here means a lot."

Over 300 people from all over Southwest Oklahoma participated with the hopes of raising upwards of $48,000.

 

 

 

That money will go towards research and the funding of future MS events.

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