I came home tonight and heard that Annette Funicello died after a long battle with MS. She was my TV crush and my favorite Mousketeer. I went online to view several pictures of the original Mickey Mouse Club featuring Annette. I am keenly feeling her death tonight, as another of my childhood heroes passes away. It seems like so many are passing away every year now.
MS is a terrible sickness that often attacks women. Annette was so brave over the years, showing real courage and true grace
dealing with such a debilitating disease. I remember hosting Women Against MS as our charity special on our radio show a couple of years ago, where I met a night shift nurse. I thought she’d be offering her insight as a medical professional regarding the terrors of MS, but she actually had MS. Her story touched our listeners as she escorted us through the four MS stages.
I thought about citing the different carriers who have a benevolent take on MS, but I’m sobbing over Annette tonight as if I lost an older sister, my favorite sister whom I've lost to eternity. But I’m also remembering Nurse Kelley, who’s still living with MS. And while tears my tears fall for Annette, I've saved a few for Nurse Kelley. God be with you.