WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Shirley Hoake wasn't the type of person to keep secrets.
She actually loved to gossip, her granddaughter admitted.
But for four years, the Hagerstown woman carried around a burden that she only shared with her family.
She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
"Grandma didn't want people to feel sorry for her," Tina McCourt said. "She wasn't big on pity parties."
McCourt said her grandmother eventually had to share her secret with others, especially when her loss of balance, numbness and extreme fatigue became more evident.
"But she never complained," McCourt said. "She was an example to everyone who knew her on how to live with dignity."
McCourt, 22, honored her grandmother's memory Saturday morning by participating with family and friends in the Western Maryland Walk MS at Antietam National Battlefield.