Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My NBA Debut & More

I’ll return with Part II of my current health and treatment tomorrow night but tonight I wanted to share some fun news and talk about our MS Walk team name.

MS Night at the Spurs

Friday night, March 6th, the MS Society invited me to attend the San Antonio Spurs game, as an MS Ambassador. I’m not 100% positive why I was chosen to be an Ambassador but I suspect it is because my MS Walk team is currently in the Top 10 for donations raised for the MS Walk on Saturday…so this recognition, I owe to EACH ONE OF YOU!

The Spurs, 4-time NBA Champions (3 times since we moved to Texas …cough, cough) - as fate would have it - will be playing the Washington Wizards. At halftime, Angela and I will be invited onto the court (with the other Ambassadors and significant others) and at that time, the Spurs will display our MS Awareness Logo on the scoreboard and broadcast a 20-second announcement to bring awareness to the disease. Everyone will then be asked to stand or sit still for 30 seconds, to convey the message “MS stops people from moving”. We will also be provided with MS Awareness Week t-shirts to wear during the half-time ceremony.

Why Comfortably Numb?

Some of you asked about our team name, Comfortably Numb. I’ve always been a big fan of is Pink Floyd – in fact, for our anniversary in October, Angela got us tickets to a Pink Floyd concert…conducted by the San Antonio symphony!

Typically, I’m partial to the less commercial/mainstream songs of any band, but most of Comfortably Numb’s words – one of Pink Floyd’s most famous songs - really hit home:

Now I got that feeling once again.
I can’t explain, you would not understand.
This is not how I am.
I have become comfortably numb.

I think it is pretty self-explanatory why this part of the song speaks to me. And then, at the start of the second part of the song:

Just a little pinprick. [ping]
There’ll be no more --aaaaaahhhhh!
But you may feel a little sick.

This verse speaks to me each night I take my daily injection. Each and every night. For those of you unfamiliar with Pink Floyd or this song, here is a link:

(FYI – if you’d prefer, fast forward to just about 1 minute and 38 seconds and then at the 2:24 mark of the song…)

There was no correlation to multiple sclerosis when the song was written but, Michael Kamen, who did the orchestral arrangements for Comfortably Numb (and the album it was released with, “The Wall”) was, later in his life, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

There’s nothing comfortable about living with multiple sclerosis, far from it. But, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this is my life now and I’m not running away from anything – and staying active, living healthy and most of all, staying in good spirits about my situation, will go a long way to aid my fight.

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