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MS walk for a cure personal for a South Whitehall woman

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SOUTH WHITEHALL, Pa. - If you or someone you know is living with Multiple Sclerosis, there is a way you can help fight the disease.

In the blink of an eye, Emily Peterson's life changed forever.

She said, "It was scary.  I woke up and I was basically blind in my left eye, what ended up being was my peripheral vision was gone."

At the age of 23, doctors told her she had a swollen optic nerve.

Then she found out she had multiple sclerosis, a health condition that runs in her family.

Peterson said, "I was like oh boy, okay, here we go."

Peterson had met her husband only a few weeks before.

She said, "I just met this great person. How do I even start that journey with him at this phase in my life much less thinking about all the what ifs?"

She pushed aside doubts and got married, then started a family.

Peterson recovered from losing her eye sight, but she still battled with MS.

Having the disease made getting pregnant a challenge, because she had to go off her medication.

She said, "At some point my doctor is going to say okay your time is up like you need to get back on these medications."

Just in time, Anna came into their lives a few years later Zachary was born.

Now it's a family affair to take part in the MS Walk every year.

Even little Anna wanted to show off her medal.

Emily tells me a good support system helped her though tough times.

And knowing that everyone has a different MS journey gave her encouragement too.

Now she's asking everyone to take part in the MS Walk on Sunday at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown to help her journey and others.

To learn more about the walk click here.

And to learn more about Emily's team, the Cure Catchers, click here.


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