There were about 350 people at this lunch. I met an amazing group of women of all ages with varying levels of experience living with MS. I met some brilliant doctors who spoke on the most recent research and treatments of MS and who inspired by promoting “the key to disability is mobility.” I learned about the MS Society and their mission “to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.”
The presentation brought tears to my eyes. Kate Milliken was the keynote speaker. Ms. Milliken is a film and television producer who was diagnosed with MS while living in New York City as a 30 something single woman in 2006. She shared her story of how her diagnosis of MS was one of the best things that happened to her. It provided a new appreciation for life and motivation; it inspired healthy changes and allowed her to meet some of the world’s most courageous peoples. Ms. Milliken recently produced the We Keep Moving video series which is a documentary following individuals discussing how they keep moving regardless of MS. She concluded her presentation by encouraging people to get involved- and that you don’t have to have a disability or disease to be inspired by her message. This is true.
Anyway, today I was reminded that sometimes lunch is not about the food you are served, but the experience you are given. And the desert was amazing.