How MS brought a family together

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Fourteen years ago Kim Escobedo was married with three young children and a career in real estate. Then she was diagnosed with MS and doctors told her she had to choose between her family or her career.

It's easy to see why she chose family.

"There are some days where my mom looks completely normal and there are some days where you can definitely tell that there is something wrong with her, like she can't walk," says Daniel Escobedo, Kim's son.

He has been helping his mother with the challenges of MS since he was seven years old. When its hard for her to get around, he gets things for her. When her vision isn't so good, he reads to her.

Having a mother with MS can be a little overwhelming at times, fortunately Daniel has a brother, a sister and a father who all pitch in to help.

"The support that I have is just amazing and they help me figure out other ways to do things that I'm not capable of doing anymore," says Kim of her family.

The kids are willing to help their mom, but whether they know it or not, the added responsibility is giving them a leg-up on becoming adults.

"They're more responsible, young adults from it and I feel that we are a pretty tight family," says Bill Escobedo, Kim's husband.

"I know that people can depend on me because my mom depends on me. I'm a lot more responsible I think," says Amberly Escobedo Kim's daughter.

The experience has also created a very close-knit family, that often gets together for some foos-ball or video games. But it is definitely love for each other...and especially mom...that keeps this family going.

"It has been really hard sometimes, but the only thing I can do is just be there for her and help her out whenever she needs it," says Michael Escobedo, Kim's other son.

The Escobedo family has been running the rest stop at Walk MS for several years...always decorating the area with a Hawaiian flare while passing out drinks for all the walkers.

If you see them this year, stop and say hello.