On November 10, 2013 I was pretty emotional. I woke up early, bought an obscene amount of breakfast tacos, and drove to the University of Houston’s main campus to participate in Walk MS: Houston. There, I claimed a table and waited anxiously. Slowly, but surely, dozens of my Cram Crew family members joined me.
Shortly after I joined Cram Crew as a consultant, I was diagnosed with MS. Many people with MS decide not to disclose their diagnosis to employers for fear of alienation or termination. I didn’t hesitate to let Cram Crew know what was going on with me and they took it in stride, offering me support and understanding at every opportunity.
I am one of more than 22,000 people diagnosed with MS in Texas, and I consider myself very, very fortunate to be able to continue working a) in general and b) at a company that I love. When I signed up for the Walk MS event in late summer, I was undecided about whether or not I would ask my coworkers to join me. That indecision lasted about a day until I remembered that everyone at Cram Crew is more than a coworker: they are my family.
So, on that Sunday morning as my coworkers lined up around me at the Start Line, I was trying very hard not to cry. MS is a sucky disease, as is any disease, and while I walked with the intention and hope to end MS and find its cure, I also walked with the hope that everyone feels as lucky as I felt that day.
Thank you, Cram Crew. Thank you for proving that we are more than just coworkers and thank you for being there.
– Mai M.