My name is Irvina D. Booker. I am in my 60's’ living with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. I am the Founder/President of Faith Is Our Pathway, A Northern Jersey African American Multiple SclerosisSupport Corporation. I am also a member of The Compassionate Use for Medicinal Marijuana, NJ Drug Policy Alliance. My greatest joy in life is watching the growth of my two grandsons Chanz and Shane. My initial MS symptoms started in 1978, four years after the birth of my daughter. However, I was not formally diagnosed with MS until 1992 (thus far an incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system and interferes with the brains ability to send and receive messages). MS has many physical symptoms. In addition to battling the physical aspects of this disease (partial paralysis, optic neuritis, bladder problems, constipation, nausea, daily pain, etc.) I was also faced with the emotional challenges (depression) being stripped of my independence. Due to MS I am unable to walk or move around on my own without cane or walker.

The need of an African American Group became obvious I became more vocal about my medical issues; more people of color came forward and asked to talk about their battle with MS. Those of us that have it can’t and sometimes won’t talk about it; because it is a disease that can not be seen with the naked eye.

It is through” FAITH” that the idea to start this group came to fruition. It is through "FAITH” Ebenezer Baptist Church extended their arms allowing us to meet here every 3rd Saturday every month to hold our meetings. It is through” FAITH” we continuously work to travel and educate our politicians, community’s, family and friends.

Lastly, meeting with my (FIOP FAMILY) everymonth gives me incentive, inspiration, fulfillment and purpose. Let’s continue to display our support and faith for one another and having faith in God.