Hi. My name is Vicki. My mom, who is one of my best friends in the world, was diagnosed yesterday with MS. I really don't know how to feel about this. I am relieved that it wasn't one of the 10,000 other horrific things I had conjured up in my mind to cause her inability to walk without a cane, her concentration and memory issues, her extreme fatigue, and her falling spells, but I'm also scared to death. I don't know, yet, what this will mean for her future or mine and how this will affect my family. I don't know whether I have to worry that I will develop MS. I don't know if there are treaments that will help her regain her ability to walk and control her fatigue and give her back some quality of life. The neurologist was not yet able to determine what type of MS she has, as he feels that, despite the severity of her symptoms, she is still in the early phases of the disease. That terrifies me - as severe as her symptoms are now, she is early in the disease? Does that mean that this will only get a great deal worse? I'm terrified that she'll develop lesions elsewhere and will lose her inability to see, speak, swallow, etc. I'm just...terrified. I just had to tell someone because I'm having to be strong for her and the rest of my family right now and don't want to burden them with my terror. I'm staying positive for her, but inside, I feel only anxiety and sadness. I just needed to reach out to someone that understands what I'm going through.Thank you for listening/reading and I will pray for your families as they deal with this disease too.