HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - This weekend, WTOC’s Team Don will be at Daffin Park in the MS Walk Savannah.
Multiple Sclerosis affects over one million adults in the United States. The proceeds of the walk benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Hilton Head Island resident, Jessica Holmes, was diagnosed with MS in 2012. She, like thousands of Americans, battle this disease every day. Thursday, she shared her story with us.
“They called me in and told me that it was MS. I was scared. I was nervous. At the time I was 26-years-old, so my life was just beginning," she said.
MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system where the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue, damaging the nerve signals between the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body.
Holmes knew something was wrong when she began losing her balance, having dizzy spells, and falling often.
“I used to go out different places, travel with my friends and everything, and now I just have to just take time and be like, ‘Okay, Jessica, you can’t do this, you can’t do that,' so it’s like I’ve got to listen to my body now.”
She says prayer, her friends and family - including her nephew and the preschooles she teaches - help get her through the hard days.
“I just think to myself, 'You know what Jessica, just keep going. No matter what anyone says, you keep going.”
Holmes has gathered her support group to make their own team for the M.S. Walk this weekend.
“I’m happy. I’m excited about this walk. This is my first year participating, and I’m just excited," she said.
She hopes that her story can help someone else struggling with the diagnosis.
“I feel like God put me on this Earth to help someone else.”