Something I don’t believe I’ve talked about here on Two Bites is my special interest in Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. I was diagnosed with MS in May of 2001, so I’ll shortly be celebrating my 7th anniversary with the rather obnoxious and annoying disease. Happy anniversary to me!
I don’t talk about it often, because frankly I refuse to be defined by it. When I was first diagnosed, people treated me as if I had final stage cancer. On the upside, people kept baking me cakes. On the downside, all those cakes and the prescribed Prednisone led to a rather hefty weight gain. In either case, no sane person can handle that much pity before they go a little crazy and refuse to live their life as if it was over.
Thanks to a change in diet, job and lifestyle, I haven’t had a relapse (or exacerbation) in 5 years. I’m pretty damn lucky, all being said and done. Aside from the occasionally energy lapse, I haven’t had so much as a symptom in 2 years. A stress and (mostly) preservative/chemical free lifestyle DOES make a difference.
But, I’m not the point of this post. I was flipping through the local Red Eye, the free publication from the Chicago Tribune, and happened upon an ad that I thought was both important AND topical for this blog. 9 local bakeries are joining with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter to help spread information about fighting the disease while also selling some tasty food.
From the ad:
“On March 10-17, join the NMSS, Greater Illinois Chapter as we celebrate National MS Awareness Week. Visit select Chicago-area bakeries and cafes, buy something sweet and you’ll get information on how you can Join the Movement and help create a world free of MS.
Visit the following locations during MS Awareness Week and participate in this special deal. Have a treat. Have several. Your sweet tooth will thank you, and so will countless others whose lives have been touched by MS.”
The participating bakeries and cafes are:
- Bleeding Heart Bakery – 1955 W. Belmont Ave – Chicago, IL
- Flourish Bakery – 1138 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. – Chicago, IL
- Solomon’s Cookies – 2222 N. Elston Ave. – Chicago, IL
- Vella Cafe – 1912 N. Western Ave. – Chicago, IL
- Cupcakes – 613 W. Briar Pl. – Chicago, IL
- Molly’s Cupcakes – 2536 N. Clark St. – Chicago, IL
- Cafe Selmarie – 4729 N. Lincoln Ave. – Chicago, IL
- Sweet Mandy B’s – 1208 W. Webster Ave. – Chicago, IL
- Apple’s Bakery – 8412 N. Knoxville Ave. – Peoria, IL
They list their site msillinois.org for a place to get more info, but I wasn’t able to find anything on their yet. You can also call 1-800-344-4867.