An Unwelcomed Positive

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“Your results are positive.”

Those were the words the nurse says to me over the phone. Now, often times in life, you want to hear positive test results. When I received my positive pregnancy test results for both of my children, I was ecstatic! Positive results for COVID-19? Not so much.


First, let me back up to April 22, 2019 and give you some history. This was the day I received my MS diagnosis. While that could be a whole blog by itself, this story will not focus on that. In the year since I have been diagnosed, it has been an emotional and physical rollercoaster. I’ve gone through the stages of grief, and I feel like I am finally beginning to accept my diagnosis.

What I didn’t expect was yet another bump in the road with a COVID-19 diagnosis. I already had a lot on my plate, so why was I given more?

It all began on March 16. I woke up to begin my first official day as a teacher doing e-Learning. I said good morning to my kids and husband, poured my cup of coffee and logged into my computer. There was a lot of uncertainty in the world as we were now in our shelter-in-place. I was feeling pretty good with the exception of some pressure on my chest. I attributed it to some anxiety related to everything going on and didn’t think much of it. This pressure in my chest came and went as the week progressed, but I also noticed some shortness of breath and cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose and slight cough. I started to get a bit nervous (I tend to worry and overthink EVERYTHING!), but I still didn’t think it was anything too serious. Health care workers and prominent figures in our country communicated through TV and social media that if we had any sort of mild illness symptoms to stay home and monitor your health.

On March 24, it was a beautiful and sunny day. We decided to go for a walk as a family and find painted rocks that were hidden in our neighborhood. During the walk, I really struggled with my breathing and pressure in my chest. By the time we were finished with our walk, I was exhausted. I laid on the couch and as the day progressed, my appetite disappeared, the body aches and chills began, and I developed a fever. I was terrified! At that point, I went into my bedroom and told my husband he was sleeping on the couch.

For the next two days, my fever ranged from 101 to 99.1. I caught up on a lot of Netflix shows and movies. I think I took my temperature about every 30 minutes wishing and hoping for it to go away.
I called my neurologist and explained everything that was happening to me. I was supposed to see him for an appointment on Friday, but he suggested I go to immediate care or the emergency room to get checked out.

Upon going to immediate care, a nurse came out to get me, dressed in a face mask and head-to-toe gear, and brought me into a room. She explained that the doctor would call me on the phone to discuss my symptoms while I was in the room. When the doctor called, I explained my symptoms and after a few minutes, the doctor entered the room dressed in the same protective gear. I was asked the standard questions, had my temperature taken as well as a pulse oximeter placed onto my finger. Because of the pressure in my chest, they completed an EKG on me. After, the doctor entered the room again to tell me that my EKG was abnormal and because of my other symptoms, I should go to the ER. 

A-Unwelcomed-Positive-1.jpgI thought to myself, “now something is wrong with my heart too?!” The doctor explained that the ER would be notified and expect me very shortly. So I got in my car, called my husband and just cried. I cried the entire way to the hospital. By now, I was starting to suspect I had COVID-19, and I wanted the support of my family more than anything. But that couldn’t happen. I had to do this myself. Even if I was driven to the hospital by my husband, he wouldn’t have been able to come in. There were no visitors allowed. Though I am a strong person, having to go through this by myself was terrifying.

When I arrived at the ER, two nurses greeted me in the vestibule. Now let me tell you, this was surreal to me. The last time I was at the ER was when I was diagnosed with MS. There was no one in the ER and I didn’t need to wait even one minute. One of the ER doctors asked me about my symptoms and medical history. I told her about my MS diagnosis, and she ordered a COVID-19 test. She jokingly referred to the test as a brain scan, and I would soon find out why. All of this was so overwhelming for me, and I broke down into tears. The nurses consoled me, gave me Kleenex and told me all positive things. Though my family couldn’t be there with me, these individuals were true superheroes. I didn’t know them, but I needed them more than anything right then and there.

Let me tell you, the test is extremely unpleasant. Imagine an extremely long Q-tip-style brush being shoved up your nostril as far as it can go. No wonder they called it a brain scan! The nurses gave me the remote and said to turn on something funny on the TV. I was in the room by myself with my thoughts. This was very dangerous for me. I thought of worse-case scenarios. Will I need oxygen? Will I be put on a ventilator like the people on TV? Will I see my family again? Am I going to die?

Fast forward a few hours and many cries later, I was told everything looked fine – my EKG was normal, and my oxygen levels were a bit lower than normal, but I was breathing and didn’t need any oxygen. I was being released, and I would hear about my test results in 4-8 days. Until my results were in, assume I am positive based upon my symptoms. Those days were going to seem like an eternity until I knew for sure. I walked out of the ER with my folder in hand and mask on my face.

When I got into my car, I immediately called my husband and cried tears of terror and tears of joy for being able to come home. I also called my neurologist to update him on my ER visit, and because of the nature of the DMT I was taking (I’m participating in a clinical trial), he advised I stop taking it and that we would be rescheduling my appointment for a later date.

My phone rang on March 31, five days after my ER visit, and the nurse on the other end stated, “your results are positive for COVID-19.” 

The news was definitely bittersweet. It was closure to finally have an answer, but so scary at the same time. By this time, my fever had been gone for multiple days, the chest pressure was getting slightly better each day, and my shortness of breath was also getting better, but I still wasn’t out of the woods yet.

Each day I fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire based upon my symptoms and receive calls from the COVID-19 hotline nurses about my health. I’ve also answered calls and taken surveys from departments of health. It has been a slow process, but I continue to get a little better each day. Luckily, no one else in my household has developed symptoms or become ill.

As of April 7, all members of our household were out of isolation per our county’s health department recommendations. I can finally be close to my family. I can finally hug my kids. My husband can sleep in bed with me again (don’t worry, I washed the sheets!).

Am I still nervous that I may get worse and/or my family will get sick? Yes. Those thoughts are always there, but my greatest hope is that none of that happens. My other hope is that those who have MS or other chronic illnesses will find some calmness in reading my story. Yes, it is very scary out there right now especially thanks to social media and TV. Everyone’s COVID-19 story will be different (just like MS!) for those that are going through this nightmare. In the end, hopefully this will make me stronger. I am an MS fighter and a COVID-19 survivor!
 

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Jennifer

Jennifer Kettering

Jennifer is a teacher in the field of special education. She lives in northern Illinois with her husband and two children. Jennifer was diagnosed in April 2019 and does not let her diagnosis hold her back from living her life and doing the things she loves. She hopes others can find hope and positivity in her stories. 

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  • Susan   Apr 15, 2020 5:30 PM
    Thinking of you & sending positive energy your way 😉
  • Kevin   Apr 16, 2020 6:15 PM
    Thanks for sharing your story.
  • Stevie   Apr 16, 2020 6:16 PM
    What medication are you taking, if you don’t mind me asking?
  • Tracy Ferguson   Apr 16, 2020 6:18 PM
    Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear you're doing well now.
  • Karen   Apr 16, 2020 6:22 PM
    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are a fighter. I cannot relate to what you went through being diagnosed with Covid-19, but I can relate to how you were feeling when you were diagnosed with MS. Give the diagnosis time to settle in, and I promise you that as the days go by, you will be able to go in longer stretches of not thinking what your future might look like. When I was first diagnosed with MS, I remember driving around looking at one-story homes thinking that a move will be in my near future. Praise to God, it has been 14 years since my diagnosis and I am still living in my tri-level home and doing great. I get it! It's a very scary diagnosis to receive. Take care of you and of your beautiful family.

    Blessings to you,
    Karen
  • Eddie Lopez   Apr 16, 2020 6:26 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story, I am so happy to hear that you are doing better... you are in my prayers, stay safe, happy and healthy. 🙏🏼
  • Ornella Citelli   Apr 16, 2020 6:27 PM
    Jessica, you are a tru survivor! I admire your strength and sincerity. I as well am a teacher in Florida and a MS survivor. Hopefully this will all be over soon. Stay safe!
  • Beth   Apr 16, 2020 6:30 PM
    Can I ask Jennifer's age?
  • Janet Solis   Apr 16, 2020 6:32 PM
    thanks for sharing your story. It is encouraging.
  • Linda Baxter   Apr 16, 2020 6:44 PM
    I really appreciated you sharing this personal and extreme medical journey. I Have had MS for over 30 years and share some of your experiences. Thank you for sharing.
  • Queen   Apr 16, 2020 6:48 PM
    Thanks! for telling your story. Keep the faith you’re an over comer.
  • Helen   Apr 16, 2020 6:51 PM
    Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing your powerful story with the MS community! I have had MS for 22 years and I was briefly exposed to someone who went on to develop flu-like symptoms that night. That person was diagnosed with COVID-19 two days later! My boyfriend and I are under quarantine for 14 days. This gives me plenty of time to picture the worst-case scenario. Not only am I a MS patient but I finished breast cancer treatment last May. I thought that I had already lived through the worst-case scenario. Now I feel like there is a ticking time bomb. And it’s only day 2 of the quarantine. Your story gives me hope. I heard that the person that I know with COVID is doing well. If I do get it, I hope that I have a mild case and have a similar course as yours.

    Thanks again for sharing and best to you in your recovery,

    Helen

    P.S. I am adult with dyslexia. Thanks to all the special needs teachers!
  • Maribel Limon   Apr 16, 2020 6:53 PM
    I would like to now where was the virus picked up. I am a person with MS I try to as much information as I can thank you for sharing your story
  • Sandra Marsh   Apr 16, 2020 7:01 PM
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  • Angel Harton   Apr 16, 2020 7:06 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. As I read your story I found myself scared for you with tears in my eyes. Thank God you are feeling better. God Bless and Prayers to you and your Family 🙏🏽🙏🏽
  • Robert   Apr 16, 2020 7:07 PM
    Thanks for sharing your story it is an inspiration to the rest of us with MS.
  • Loretta Chafin   Apr 16, 2020 7:08 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I know this was an extremely anxiety filled experience. So many emotions. So glad you are improving. My prayers are that your family does not get the virus and that you continue to do well. I also pray that you will find great strength as you maneuver through your life with MS.
  • Shawn Bebejian   Apr 16, 2020 7:10 PM
    Glad youre ok God bless you. We're all fighters. We may have MS but MS doesnt have us!
  • Nadia Sefein   Apr 16, 2020 7:19 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think I’m these uncertain times we’re all concerned what a positive diagnosis for covid19 would mean for us - especially those of us with MS.
    I’m so happy you’re on the mend and such a positive fighter!
  • Marsha   Apr 16, 2020 7:30 PM
    God Bless you and I am so glad you are better and beat Covid 19. My son has MS and I worry about him getting this but your story is filled with hope and I appreciate you sharing this with those who have MS and their families.
  • Susan   Apr 16, 2020 7:32 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I also have MS and am terrified of getting this illness. You inspire me to be "calm".....
  • Sheryl   Apr 16, 2020 7:45 PM
    Thank you for sharing! So glad you are better. I haven't really been anywhere but I did go to get groceries and pharmacy 2 weeks ago. I always wonder where people thought they caught the virus and if others around them also were coming down with it. It is scary and would I be able to take care of myself if I get it.
  • Lynda   Apr 16, 2020 8:01 PM
    Hi I too have been diagnosed with MS in 1996 and as you say that’s enough on its own Dec of 2019 I developed breast cancer had a lumpectomy and and double dose of radiation within a 5 day period maybe because of the MS I would get through the symptoms of Radiation/MS in saying all this it was a horrible painful time with the MS my last treatment was Feb 5 th 2020 I feel I am still at this date having issues from the radiation.
    I too am a fighter and now stay home and see no one the kids and grandkids are afraid of bringing something home to me... Thank you so muchJennifer for your story it is truly helpful in knowing how you have came through the coved 19 I wish you the best and will remember you in prayer
    We can’t let life take us down so we fight daily thank you for your story 🙏
  • Eileen   Apr 16, 2020 8:12 PM
    Jennifer thank you for sharing your story. I think many of us worry about contracting the virus and how it will impact our MS. Thank you again. Be safe and well. Great to hear no one else in your family became infected.
  • Jason Bradford   Apr 16, 2020 8:15 PM
    I am very happy for you and your family for getting through this together/ but separated. We have to as patients of MS take each bump in the road one at a time like you have done with COVID-19. We will all get through this and walk in the glory of God.
  • Barbara   Apr 16, 2020 8:26 PM
    I am glad that you could heal at home.

    Take care.
  • Amanda   Apr 16, 2020 8:33 PM
    I have had MS for 11 years and a nurse for 15. I'm still working at the hospital and I have been extra worried about contracting this covid-19 virus. Your story helped me so much!! Thank you for sharing! I admire your strength.
  • Kevin A. Edwards   Apr 16, 2020 8:38 PM
    I read your blog. WOW I think you are so courageous, and a fighter! I wish you and your family safety and health with no COVID-19 reoccurrence! I too was diagnosed with MS, PPMS. I found out six months after knee replacement surgery in 2018. I am so scared of what is going on now. This is so strange to deal with, I am sorry I am a very emotional kind of guy here. I feel you give so much hope for a more positive way of thinking about what is going on now in the world and I feel like you're a new sister in common, MS survivors. And I hope we see the end of MS and this horrible COVID-19 virus!
  • Harriette Schwartz   Apr 16, 2020 8:44 PM
    Dear Jennifer: I read your story and some of it is like my own in that I have relapse remit MS for several years now. Mostly it affects my immune system. I also have slight COPD and have had pre-cancer 3 times (I opted for two mastectomies and a hysterectomy, rather than to deal with any radiation or chemo.) I am 69 years old and I worry about getting Covid 19. I wash my hands all the time. I live with my daughter and her husband and my 10 month old granddaughter. The baby is a beautiful little joy who is beginning to teethe and walk...Bottom line I am staying indoors to protect myself and this life I love. Jennifer, I am so glad you were one of the lucky ones and hope I will continue to be one too. Best wishes, Harriette
  • Bryna Parry   Apr 16, 2020 9:01 PM
    Jennifer, Thank U so much for telling your story. I am 70 & I was diagnosed with MS in 2003 although, my neurologist said, I should have been diagnosed in my 30’s. I am doing so well & my neurologist told me that my MRI now shows no further new plaque. She told me that usually after 70 MS flare ups & symptoms of MS do become less. I do worry with my age & having MS & my lower immunity about the
    COVID-19 but, your story enlightened me & I send thanks so much for sharing your positivity as a young women with MS & a COVID-19 Survivor. I am a retired RN & I had difficult times but, I like you want to stay positive, keep active & enjoy each day even those difficult days because, that’s what makes us strong survivors. Blessing to U & your family from me to each of U.. Thanks again. Bryna
  • jitendra goyal   Apr 16, 2020 9:05 PM
    My dear Jennifer
    I can understand your pain and fear being a father of a MS patient, a daughter like you. But you are very brave and courageous soul. You had indeed fought the Covid very well and of course fighting MS altogether. But one thing, now you are more stronger than ever. You are the lucky one who has Covid immunity and a great doner for the society as regards to Plasma therapy. This the silver lining. I hope and prey for you to become more stronger and face the world right upfront. May God bless you.
  • Lisa   Apr 16, 2020 9:27 PM
    Thank God you are ok. Prayers to you and your family.
  • Phyllis Fania   Apr 16, 2020 9:29 PM
    Jennifer thank you so much for sharing your story. I also have MS. I was diagnosed in March 2003. Here in NJ the virus is everywhere. I even order my groceries online and then go pick them up wearing my mask and point to the trunk for the poor employee to load everything in my car. I am praying for a vaccine. Please stay strong!
  • Katy Thomas   Apr 16, 2020 9:42 PM
    Glad you have recovered. My husband has had MS for 30 years but it’s been slowly progressing. I’m in constant worry he may get COVID-19. It helps to hear a story with a positive outcome!
  • Shabbir Dalal   Apr 16, 2020 9:47 PM
    Last Friday April 10th, 2020, I also had gone out to get some food. The wind started blowing when I came out of the supermarket. My car was parked a little bit farther. The gust of wind kind of hit my body and I could feel sudden drop of temperature. I hasted towards my car. By the time I was done with all the shopping and reaching home I had a sense of discomfort. As the days progress I had shortness of breath developing. On Tuesday I called my service provider and spoke to a nurse. She ruled out as negative, but cautioned me to watch myself for fever. Wednesday still shortness of breath and I could relate that to acidity and indigestion due to stress on being a possible contracted of C19. In the evening the doctor returned my call and I told him and he prescribed me some medicine for acidity, allergies and antibiotics. I feel some of the drug is helping it a bit. Today I was feeling a bit better. But since being on call rotation my sleep schedule and my constant awareness of being called up kept me from getting some quality sleep. today I am off call and feel a bit relaxed and trying to focus on recovery. I have been taking steams , ginger and honey tea till I went to the pharmacy and picked up my medicines. I will try to come back here and update this blog with the intent to help and create awareness. I also have two kids and a wife who has asthma, Keep me in your prayer as I fight the shadows of uncertainty coming along. I am keeping my thoughts positive and ready for the worse if its destined. But not so easy. Cheers to another day of gift called life.
    Prayers for everyone to remain safe healthy and blessed. Will come back and update as days roll out forward.
  • Leonard Ellis   Apr 16, 2020 9:58 PM
    God bless you!
  • Jennifer   Apr 16, 2020 10:07 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. It is comforting to hear about your recovery.
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    adillon845  Apr 16, 2020 10:18 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story of the dreaded COVID and your bravery ❤️
  • Victoria   Apr 16, 2020 10:31 PM
    Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your story. I’m so glad to hear you are moving forward on this unthinkable Covid-19 journey. God Bless you and your family.
    Any ideas on how you may have been exposed?
    I’m at high risk. MS, Age, Diabetes, AFIB and 3 previous bouts with Pneumonia several years ago. I have not been in any store. I quarantine myself. My husband gets our groceries & RXs via the Drive-Thru. I worry so much about him introducing the Virus into our home. I worry about boxes delivered by Amazon. I worry about who handled our groceries before loading them in my husband’s car.......YES......I’m a worrier. Worrying has never been one of my traits. I’ve always been a problem solver & a positive thinker. I’m working on getting a handle on these uncertain times. I’ve always been a “control freak.” I guess that says it all. This virus & economic times are not in my control. Well, there, now I know what I need to work on. LOL
    My MS was diagnosed 24yrs ago. Everyday is a different day for me. Not being able to make plans is the most challenging side effect for me. Fatigue & Leg Pain & sometimes challenging mobility gets in my way.
    Best wishes as you go forward. God Bless you for teaching our special needs kids.
    Such a beautiful, selfless career.
  • Gail   Apr 16, 2020 10:32 PM
    Was so glad you had a happy ending to this very scary virus. You were definitely a strong warrior.
    I've had RRMS for 15 years & thankful I've done well.
    MS, age & other conditions, my anxiety has been thru the roof with the fear of getting COVID19. Prayers daily for peace.
    Thanks for your story. MS fighter & COVID19 survivor. ❤
  • Gail   Apr 16, 2020 10:32 PM
    Was so glad you had a happy ending to this very scary virus. You were definitely a strong warrior.
    I've had RRMS for 15 years & thankful I've done well.
    MS, age & other conditions, my anxiety has been thru the roof with the fear of getting COVID19. Prayers daily for peace.
    Thanks for your story. MS fighter & COVID19 survivor. ❤
  • Michelle A   Apr 16, 2020 11:06 PM
    Prayers and blessings, Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your story. You are a warrior handling these challenges beautifully.
  • Sherrie Marshall   Apr 17, 2020 1:08 AM
    Thank you so very much for sharing. I pray that you continue to recover and that your family remains healthy.
  • Ammar   Apr 17, 2020 1:27 AM
    Thank you for sharing your story and glad you're feeling better! This story gave us hope :) Thank you again!
  • Brandi   Apr 17, 2020 6:59 AM
    I am a teacher with kids and MS. Your story really gave me the feels. I just wanted to hug you. I know I would have been a mess as I can tell you were. Glad to hear you are feeling better. 🧡
  • Ms. Dale Barclay   Apr 17, 2020 7:12 AM
    You are also a good writer! Thank you for sharing your experience.
  • Tonya   Apr 17, 2020 7:24 AM
    Thanks for sharing your story! I was diagnosed in 2007 with MS. I was just 19 years old. The first year or two was hard. The uncertainty, the fear, the worry. You will have your ups and downs but it gets better! Thankful for amazing DMT, clinical trials and research! I work as a grief counselor now. I am married and have two amazing little boys, ages 1 and 3. :) Best of luck to you. Thanks again for sharing your story. It gives us all hope for similar outcomes if infected.

    Take care,
    Tonya
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    George  Apr 17, 2020 7:24 AM
    Jennifer, thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you and your family continue to do well. I’ve had Progressive Relapsing MS for 26 years and am vulnerable in 2 categories, as is my wife. She and I have been in isolation for over a month with no end in sight. Stay strong. There will be better days ahead if we can all be patient.
  • Fariba   Apr 17, 2020 7:24 AM
    Dear Jennifer
    It was so nice to read that u r feeling better and were able to fight it.U r definitely a warrior💪.I was diagnosed with MS(PPMS)in August 2019 and it has been quite difficult getting along with it but Im determined to be strong.Although its unbearable at times but I force myself to manage things and be independent.
    Hoping the best of health for all those who have MS or any other sickness🙏
  • Lisa   Apr 17, 2020 8:04 AM
    Thank you for sharing your story. I have been on my MS journey mostly on my own for about 3 years. I am so happy you have a wonderful family for support and wish you well!
  • Laura   Apr 17, 2020 8:16 AM
    This was very encouraging to me as a nursing leader and friend. I want to protect my family and my peers who also have MS and other conditions that make them at risk for acute care related to Covid. It’s out there, and soon they will be lifting restrictions that will undoubtedly put us all at greater risk. We may need to journey this without our support systems by our side and we can. You are a warrior and I am very glad to know you have won another battle! Praying for us all!
  • Candice Costa   Apr 17, 2020 8:21 AM
    Thanks 🙏🏻 so much for sharing your story! Good luck and wish you & your fam.the best!
  • Gail   Apr 17, 2020 8:31 AM
    Jennifer, thank you for sharing your story. It so good to hear positive stories...best of luck and well wishes to you and your family!
  • Jennifer   Apr 17, 2020 9:06 AM
    So glad your o.k. thanks for your story.
  • Julie   Apr 17, 2020 9:17 AM
    Thank you for sharing your story! Hope you continue to heal and your MS stays in check.
  • R.Williams   Apr 17, 2020 10:56 AM
    Very happy u made it thru successfully!

    Blessings to You and Your Family 😊
  • Patrice Buckner   Apr 17, 2020 12:44 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story, May God continue to bless you!
  • Tracey   Apr 17, 2020 12:51 PM
    I’m so Thankful for your story. Giving me hope as I to go through the nightmares of being #COVIDtize we are on day 3 and my lungs are challenged yet #Overcoming #LivingHealed #CatalystIIChange
  • Gina   Apr 17, 2020 1:46 PM
    God only gives us what we can handle! It may not always seem like you can handle all that is put on your plate, but you are stronger than you know! Stay healthy...stay strong. Oh and wash your hands!😘
  • Amber Acosta   Apr 17, 2020 4:44 PM
    God bless your health
  • Lori   Apr 17, 2020 5:27 PM
    Jennifer,
    As everyone else has said, "Thank you for sharing your story!"
    I am an MS fighter and also a special education teacher.
    The new virtual learning has put me into an unknown world because I am not very Tech Savvy! But, I am getting through.
    I have had MS since December 1999. My diagnosis became a teachable moment for our children because we were volunteering at a rest stop for the MS PA Dutch 150 bicycle ride while my husband rode...all BEFORE I was diagnosed.
    Be safe, stay healthy, enjoy your family!
  • jon   Apr 17, 2020 5:30 PM
    glad you had a mild case and are no longer spreading the illness I could only pray that is all I get having PPMS for 20 years I know we are all going to get it it's just a matter of time
  • Fletcher   Apr 17, 2020 10:58 PM
    I really appreciated the story you shared about having Covid-19. I hope that you continue to do well. This is a very unusual time for all of us!
  • Lori   Apr 18, 2020 12:36 AM
    Thanks for sharing your story! Gives rays of hope to all of us during this time when we so very much need them.
  • Lori   Apr 18, 2020 12:36 AM
    Thanks for sharing your story! Gives rays of hope to all of us during this time when we so very much need them.
  • Lisa   Apr 18, 2020 12:17 PM
    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way! Feel better and stay strong... you've got this!!!
  • Mary Shea   Apr 18, 2020 3:10 PM
    Hello Jennifer,

    Thank you for your energy to tell your story. Wish you continued healing and energy.

    Mary
  • Barbara   Apr 18, 2020 3:35 PM
    I was also a special education teacher for a number of years and finally had to retire because of my MS, but that was years ago and I`ve really done pretty well. I was glad to read that you came through your bout with this terrible virus! Yes, having MS does not prevent us from other nasty diseases, but don`t let that thought keep you from enjoying life. Good luck to you and your family!
  • Brenda Woehl-Patton   Apr 18, 2020 5:49 PM
    Jennifer Thank you for talking to us with MS I'm scared about this what would I do? I broke my leg 2 years I've had MS for 30 yrs there's always something to worry about now I live with a mask on 24/7 because caregivers come and go all the time Thank you for telling us your story. 1 of my friends is now making 7 mask for each day not get bored with the same thing Thanks again Brenda
  • Kim   Apr 18, 2020 5:54 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experience. It must have been so frightening for you to go through this alone. 🙏
  • Jennifer Kettering   Apr 19, 2020 9:11 AM
    Hi everyone! It’s me, Jennifer. I want to sincerely thank each one of you for the heartwarming comments, prayers, and blessings. I hope that all of you are continuing to be stay healthy. While the uncertainty is terrifying and social distancing may be challenging (I know it is for me!), just remember that this will all pass. Stay positive and keep fighting! 😊
  • Kathy   Apr 19, 2020 9:17 AM
    Prayers for you and your family & appreciation for your bravery & courage through you ordeal and sharing this with us.
    Peace & health,
    Kathy
  • Angela   Apr 19, 2020 11:38 PM
    Thanks for sharing! It’s been in the back of my mind too, so I’m extra careful. Best of luck to you!!!
  • Emily   Apr 20, 2020 5:12 PM
    Hang in there Jennifer. I'm a MS doctor who also got covid and the virus has definitely taken a toll on my body the past couple weeks. I hope you are getting better and are on the road to recovery.
  • Vanessa   Apr 22, 2020 10:29 PM
    Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing. We actally have similar stories! I was diagnosed with MS last year in May then I was tested positive for Covid19 on the last week of March. My symptoms were chest pressure/tightness, shortness of breath, coughing and low grade fever, body aches, and lack of smell and taste. I finally feel better but just have lingering cough and sometimes shortness of breath or chest congestion. Do you still have any lingering symptoms? Btw I'm also pregnant! So all this was very scary but trying to stay positive. My husband also finally got to sleep in our bedroom this week haha! But I do feel nervous about it. Do I still have it? Will I get it again? Did I develop antibodies? This virus is so new and doctors don't have all the answers. I'm also contemplating what treatment I will take for MS after I have my baby.
  • Debbie Holt   Apr 24, 2020 11:49 PM
    Hey thank you soo much for sharing & being brave. I was diagnosed in 2014 & I definitely know how it feels in that first year! However going through this extra hurdle must have been a huge bump. However you have recouped & will come out even stronger than ever! Prayers for you & your family.
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