February 2, 2006 - My Goals For 2006 For those of you that do not know, the goals that i have set for myself for the year of 2006 are to win my first bracelet and to help out the unfortunates by donating 20% of my winnings to charities. I've given allot of thought on what charities I should go with until i had a recent conversation with a dear friend that has a close family member that is suffering from MS. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, in which the white blood cells that usually attach foreign bodies and germs, attack the cells of the body. In the case of multiple sclerosis , the area being attacked is the protective coating around nerve endings. As nerves deteriorate, victims of multiple sclerosis can show a very wide array of symptoms: trembling or twitching, dizziness or vertigo, bladder dysfunction, difficulty walking, and fatigue. Multiple sclerosis remained undiagnosed until the 1860s, although many doctors had seen cases of it and attempted to treat it without luck, even going to far as to inject patients with strychnine and use electricity to stimulate their nerves. It affects two or three times as many women as it does men, and most people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Multiple sclerosis can go undetected for long periods of time, until a patient suffers an attack or relapse, in which all their symptoms reappear. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis , but with therapy and medication, patients can feel well enough to live their lives as a healthy person would. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis , but with therapy and medication, patients can feel well enough to live their lives as a healthy person would. I've given my word that if and when i win my first bracelet I will take majority of the 20% winnings and donate it to The MS Foundation and the remains will go toward helping the unfortunates back in my country. I will be playing in all the events at the LAPC starting tomorrow Feb 3rd. Hopefully it won't be long till I'm able to follow through with my words. See you all at the tables! -- Liz Lieu