My name is Linda Himenes. Prior to my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2003, I was an active mother of four and accomplished professional. Community outreach, travel, rescuing animals, working with my hands, and all things creative were my passions. The first 10 years or so, I had numerous relapses with some remaining disability each time. In 2013, MS progression finally took its toll on my body and mind. It forced me out of my job, career, and livelihood, and things went downhill from there.
MS is an incurable autoimmune disease that causes your own immune system to attack your healthy central nervous system. I try not to complain about the symptoms, but having MS is a full-time job. It can attack at any time and we never know what the new disability will be, or if it will be permanent. I have endured hospitalizations, eye and Achilles surgeries, leg braces, tubes, needles, and toxic infusions, just to name a few. It has taken my ability to stand, walk, see straight, use my hands, or participate in normal daily activities. Pain, debilitating fatigue, loss of coordination, brain function, and joy of any social life are my new normal. Falls, sprains, and bruises are routine, and are the reason I’m no longer allowed in the kitchen. MS has robbed me and now I need your help.
January 31, 2017
The date is near and the funds are so close! I know I keep saying it but I am so grateful and amazed at all of you who have helped.
Just to let you know that anything over the goal will also be put to good use by helping me with my aftercare and home health when I return home.
It is a long recovery after the total wipe out of your immune system and not a penny will be spent that is not completely necessary in getting me back to my fighting weight.
Thank you everyone!
January 26, 2017
Ten days and away I go!
I have set up a facebook page to post updates while I’m in the hospital.
Search for Linda’s Trek For A Cure.
Maybe I have made it sound like a fun and exciting adventure but it is a serious procedure and I can’t lie, I’m scared. If you know me, you know those words don’t come easy for me.
Thank you again for your boundless generosity.
March 15, 2017
Linda, You are in my prayers and thoughts.
February 16, 2017
Stay strong Linda! Keeping you in my prayers,
February 7, 2017
Hi Linda Praying for all the best for you. Be safe and God bless
Carol Ritchey Whetstone
January 31, 2017
My thoughts and prayers to you Linda. Have a safe trip my friend.