On July 25, 2014, my life changed forever.  The day will forever be etched it my memory as I heard the two words that I never expected...

A few days prior my left hand and foot went numb (almost like it was asleep). It didn’t go away, but spread up my left leg and arm. I didn’t think too much about it at first and thought it would go away. On the 24th I went to a chiropractor thinking it may be a pinched nerve and was advised to see my primary care doctor as soon as possible. Before leaving the chiropractor’s parking lot, I called my doctor’s office and told the secretary what was going on. She quickly scheduled me an appointment for the next morning. I still had no clue what I was facing and went on to work later that night.

I worked over night (if you didn’t know, I was a police officer at the time) for my Thursday shift. When I got off early Friday morning (25th), I immediately went to St. Vincent’s Hospital to see my PCP (still in uniform, lol). It only took a brief discussion and my PCP sent me for an MRI. He told me that he’d have it arranged for a neurologist to see me after I got done. Walking in that day I really did have no clue, I had even told Carson to stay home. Leaving my PCP’s office I was worried (even though he didn’t tell me what he thought it may be) and called Carson. She told me she was getting in the car and would meet me at the imaging center. I also called my mom as I walked to the MRI and asked for prayer.

After completing the MRI and finding out that I could immediately go to the neurologist’s office that my PCP had set up, I met Carson at the doctor’s office for my results. We sat down with the neurologist, Dr. Pearson, and went over the symptoms I had reported. She left the room to review the MRI. After a moment, she came back and immediately stated those two words..... 

"Its MS"

She didn’t warm up to it or lead into it, just said it. Holding Carson’s hand and completely caught off guard, the immediately thoughts in my head (no order because it was immediate):

-Carson. Immediately looking to her after the words came, she began to cry. I worried for her. I knew it may be something I have to bear, but didn’t want her to. I never doubted for a second that’d she be my side until death parts us, but I knew that it wasn’t what she imagined when marrying me.

-What is MS? I knew it was serious by then, but knew nothing about it.

-God has a plan for my life. Before learning anything else, I had an overwhelming confidence that there is a plan and I’m in His hand.

A lot has happened since (finding a treatment that works, a relapse, life changes, etc.), and it has been hard. I admit that even though I was immediately confident that there was a plan, it has been difficult at times to keep that confidence.

I believe photography is a part of that plan.  It has been something that has brought me great joy and fulfillment.

What is #thephillipspack?

#thephillipspack is our team that we've formed for Walk MS Birmingham - a charity walk that is changing the lives of people with MS and helping fuel progress toward a world free of MS. We'd love your generous support as we prepare for this incredible experience.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $920 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren't any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.

That's why we're walking. We've set an ambitious goal because we know with support from people like you, we will have a great chance at reaching it. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. This cause is really important to us, so we hope you can do your part to help end MS forever.

Will you help us reach our goal by donating what you can?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9

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