Person of the Week: Christine Taxis
DURHAM (WTVD) -- When Christine Taxis certainly had every reason to fall apart, she actually got more inspired to help people who are worse off that she is.
It is a good day for Taxis when her walker and medicines are in the other room, because they are reminders of the Multiple sclerosis that hit her literally over night.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's website, MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.
Taxis says she was healthy and strong until she was 22-year-old. Taxis was on her way to living her dream of being a professional dancer when one day she woke up and could not move one side of her entire body for weeks.
But when you are young, MS symptoms, at first, come and go.
"My feet are numb," Taxis said. "My hands are numb, they kind of shake."
But then they come again.
"When my son Cale was 4-months-old, I had my next major relapse, which was when I woke up and I was blind, I could not see," Taxis said.
The blindness gradually went away too, but as she ages, her recoveries will come more slowly or not at all.
"I have friends who... who... (stops) sorry... who have no bladder control," Taxis said. "To be a 30-year-old woman and have to wear diapers... it affects your confidence and your femininity.
But her suffering keeps her inspired and motivated to help others, raising money for the national MS society.
"One of my priests he said, 'Christine you realize that suffering is a blessing,'" Taxis said. "It's made me stronger in my faith and it's made me realize that you can be a voice for people that don't have a voice."
And there is one verse of the Bible she reads every day.
"Rejoice in our suffering, suffering produces perseverance and perseverance, hope," Taxis said. "That just epitomizes my feelings and what I want my life to be. And we're not going to let this disease get us down and we're going to fight it and we're going to beat it 100 percent, because I can still walk, because I'm going to walk as long as I can. And I'm going to dance as long as I can."
Taxis' team, "The Walk Stars" are putting on a concert at fine dining restaurant Solas in downtown Raleigh on April 15 to raise money for treatments and a cure for MS.
Taxis will also be at the RBC Center April 24 doing the big "Walk MS."
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