As many of you know, Nicole was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) a few years ago. She has quietly and vigilantly fought a brave fight to maintain a livable life with “the invisible disease”, especially determined not to burden others with her illness, but in the last year, she and her producer-by-day-turned-forever-caretaker husband J have faced some unanticipated setbacks.
Living with and learning her MS inside & out has been a terrifying life-upending journey that thankfully earned the worthwhile outcome Nicole and J bet on and hoped for -- she's able to be a functional human! -- but that has come at an incredible cost.
Finding out recently that they have to move out of their apartment of seven years has just about shut her body down again. Literally — stress makes walking across the room with MS feel like trying to run a marathon in a pool of molasses. She’ll figure it out and be fine again, and this situation can only add fodder for her essays of embarrassing MS tales and adventures living in a body with half an immune system.
In the meantime, if you can help the Ryans get by a little bit longer, any financial help would be greatly appreciated. This is the start of their next, healthier, flourishing, journey which apparently now starts with a little more embarrassment, lovely helpful friends, and a new apartment for Nicole to re-teach herself to walk in.
For those of you who have known her over the years, whether as a bulldog of a publicist, a warrior in exercise classes, an energetic face on the ice rink, a crabby butterball of a good-time-gal, the world traveler working her way across the globe one too-loud laugh at a time... she can’t do a lot of that stuff anymore. But, you may just know her as the fiercely protective friend she continues to be… Either way, you know her dis-ease with asking for help.* (*She now realizes how detrimentally silly that is)
Please feel free to share this with friends of yours or theirs you think may be interested in helping, or hearing more about autoimmune disease. They’ve become open books about their experiences, and their appreciation and gratitude for life, the people in it, and the lessons they are gathering along the way is never ending.
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