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MS Awareness: How Bekah Brown Found Her Home

The Home T is committed to raising money for multiple sclerosis research, but we also find it very important to raise awareness about the disease.

Bekah

We first met Bekah on when she sent us the sweetest message on Facebook.She told us that living with MS is about finding your home and what it means to you. For Bekah, home is her running route. She shared her story with us:

My doctors predicted that I would lose my ability to walk by age 25. This October I will be 25 and I refuse to let that happen. I run anywhere from 5-11 miles each day because I refuse to let my MS get in the way. For me, that is my home.

When did you learn you had multiple sclerosis?

I was 21 when I was diagnosed with progressive MS.

What has multiple sclerosis helped you learn about yourself?

I have learned the importance of pushing myself. I have always been a dreamer and I have huge goals for the future of our education system. MS has taught me that I need to chase those goals. My strong-willed personality and my willingness to fight for what I want will allow me to be successful and to leave my mark on the world. I don’t think I would want to push myself as hard as I do had I not been diagnosed with MS.

What state do you call home?

Massachusetts!

What does "home" mean to you?

Home is wherever I can spend time with me. Whether I’m in my 400 sq. foot apartment or I’m running after a stressful day, home is where I feel free. Because we have MS, we have many obstacles to overcome in our day to day lives, from forgetting what you’re talking about mid sentence to having so much pain in your legs you cannot stand up, MS tries to bring us down. When I’m “home” I am free from those obstacles and I am able to escape from reality for a small portion of my day.

When did you start running and what motivates you everyday?

I started running when I graduated college. I was moving from North Carolina back into my recently-divorced-but-still-living-together parent’s house. Running became my escape. I run to get all my emotions together and to think. Sometimes it is the only time of day where I don’t have to think. Regardless of what I’m escaping from or trying to shake off I am able to do so while I run. Some of my doctors have told me that they anticipate my inability to walk unassisted by the time I am 25. This October I will be 25 and knowing I can run upwards of 12 miles at once motivates me to keep going. If I can defy the odds this much, what else can I do?

What's one thing those that people who don't have multiple sclerosis should know about it?

We don’t want you to treat us like we are fragile. We appreciate those who choose to be in our lives and we know being our friend can sometimes be burdensome. You should also know that while MS might make our bodies weak it makes our spirit extremely strong.

Do you have any advice for those living with MS?

I firmly believe your attitude plays a huge role in how healthy you feel. We may not be able to control how our bodies feel but every day we choose our mindset. Choose happiness!

Bekah


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SIZING

The Home T is a ultra-soft, ultra-comfy unisex T-shirt that will be one of the most comfortable shirts you've ever owned. Exchanges are no fun for anyone involved, so we’ve created this page to try and help you get the perfect size.

Find your chest size below to help you get the right fit.

ADULT SHIRT SIZING

Chest width:

    • XS: 30 – 32 inches
    • S: 34 – 36 inches
    • M: 38 – 40 inches
    • L: 42 – 44 inches
    • XL: 46 – 48 inches
    • XXL: 48 – 50 inches

Feel free to review the photos below of a man and woman trying on their correct size, as well as one size too large. He is 5′ 10″ and weighs 175 lbs, and she is 5′ 7″ and weighs 130 lbs.

Man in Medium (correct size)

Woman in Extra Small (correct size)

Man in Large (too big)

Woman in Small (too big)

ADULT HOODIE SIZING

Chest width:

  • XS: 31" - 34"
  • S: 34" -37"
  • M: 38" - 41"
  • L: 42" - 45"
  • XL: 46" - 49"

YOUTH SIZES

The following description is not an approximate view of a child's size, but is meant to provide you with some direction. If the 10 year old size appears to be too small, go with an adult extra small.

2 Year Old

31 - 34 pounds, 32 - 36 inches tall, 21 inch chest (Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest.)

4 year Old

35 - 41 pounds, 36 - 40 inches tall, 22 inch chest (Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest.)

6 Year Old

42 - 45 pounds, 40 - 43 inches tall, 23 inch chest (Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest.)

8 Year Old

49 - 52 pounds, 48 - 50 inches tall, 26 inch chest (Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest.)

10 Year Old

54 - 62 pounds, 51 - 54 inches tall, 27 inch chest (Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest.)