My COVID-19 Story

Editor’s Note: We are committed to telling the authentic stories of the MS movement and being a source of reliable information for people affected by MS. However, every experience is different, and this blog is not intended as medical advice. Please contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
 

As I sit alone in my house, I am becoming familiar with the sounds it makes I never noticed before. The ticking of the clock is soothing, the dropping of ice in the freezer startles me and the subtle noise of the furnace turning on calms me. I am not usually alone with only the noise of my home. You see, my home is usually full of life. I normally cannot hear the sounds of my home over the sounds of my two boys and their friends. I must admit that I miss the sounds of the water running forever in a way too long shower, the microwave heating up a second and third dinner, and the monotonous commotion of endless video games.

I reflect on many things during my time in quarantine. Why did I get MS? Why do I have to get treatment once a month? Why am I always tired? Why does my hand go numb? Why can I not walk a mile without foot drop?

Sitting here in the quiet with my own thoughts, I have come to realize that MS plays a complicated role in my life – and with it comes the good and the bad.

You see, my MS medication may put me at a "higher risk" which enabled me to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as I displayed symptoms. There, I said it… COVID-19, a very real and very scary respiratory infection that is attacking the world and is terrifying those of us who are immunosuppressed.

It should now be making sense as to why I am sitting alone in my home. I tested positive for COVID-19. Yes positive. As if having MS isn’t enough, now I have to deal with this too? On top of that, my doctor at the Cleveland Clinic said I was the first person with MS at the Cleveland Clinic to test positive. To date, I am still the only patient she knows of.

Great! Of all the times in my life, this is the time for me to be a trailblazer?

I want to take a journey back a few days. It was Friday, March 20, 2020. I was ready to go to the Cleveland Clinic for my monthly Tysabri treatment. Treatment 116 to be exact. That’s 9.7 years of monthly 3-hour round trip drives to the clinic. My chauffer on these monthly trips is my mother. These monthly trips have become “special” because I cherish the time with her, and I still rely on her for comfort and support.

Well, on this particular Friday, I received a call from the Cleveland Clinic Infusion room telling me that my mother, my rock and support system, was not permitted to enter the facility. This meant that she would have to sit in the car for two hours and wait for me. It also meant that I would have to “put on my big girl pants” and receive my medication alone.

After being asked many questions from the infusion nurse, it was decided that I was in good health and could keep my infusion appointment. I must admit, for the first time I was afraid to receive the drug. I was afraid because of the fear around COVID-19. Was I making the right decision – worried that I might be lowering my immune system at this time? For me, the answer was yes; this medication enables me to live a “normal” life with my illness.

I arrived for my appointment where I was greeted by a nurse dressed in full hazmat gear. I entered the infusion room and it looked different. For the first time, curtain dividers were separating patients. One of my usual nurses took my temperature and blood pressure. She then started my IV. After two hours, I was on my way home.

At 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, I woke up with a splitting headache and fever. I took some medicine and went back to bed. Later that day, still not feeling well, I decided I should reach out to the Cleveland Clinic. By this time, I had a slight cough and terrible throat and ear pain. The doctor turned my case over to the COVID-19 team, who decided to have me tested.

On Sunday morning, I had an appointment for the drive-up testing. I made the 3-hour trip to the Cleveland Clinic alone. I was terrified. I do not like having tests done, and I was scared about the results. When I arrived, I was greeted by a police officer directing me to a line of cars. Fighting back the tears, I entered the garage to see tents, portable heaters and dozens of medical professionals in Hazmat gear. When it was my turn, I could only see the eyes of the nurse who approached my car due to the protective gowns, masks and gloves. I will never forget the eyes of the nurse who approached my car. She was very calming and for that, I am forever grateful. When the test was over (yes it was uncomfortable to say the least), I began my drive home. This was a very long drive and my mind was full of uncertainties.

Not even 24 hours after testing, I received a call from my nurse practitioner. She said the words I feared the most. She told me that I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m not sure what she said after that because I immediately broke into tears. Fearing the worst. My children flashed before me: what will I tell them? How will I tell them? Am I going to die? Who was I in contact with? When I regained my composure, I was able to hear her words. She said, “You are healthy. You are a fighter. We are here for you. You are the first.”

Later in the day, I spoke to my local health department and was told that if I experienced breathing difficulty to call 911. I was also told that I could not be in contact with anyone until my symptoms improve and am fever-free for three days. And so, my quarantine and obsession with taking my temperature began. The solitude is deafening. The noises of silence are loud. The longing for human interaction and the longing to embrace my family is very real. Thankfully, my dad has been delivering daily meals and although seeing him through the glass is emotionally hard, his daily visits keep me connected in a way that FaceTime does not.

As I write this, a little over a week after receiving devastating news, I am happy to report that I am doing well! Today, I am fever free for the first time and my symptoms have improved. The daily calls from the Cleveland Clinic are reassuring!
 
My family should be able to come home in a few more days if my temperature stays normal. I am looking forward to a home full of life and noise again. This has taught me to slow down and embrace the noises of life. Do not let the barrage of negative news overwhelm you. Do not assume a positive result means death. Do not give up. I am a fighter because my MS has made me one!
 

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Renee S.

Renee has been an educator for 17 years. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and English education, a master's in reading and educational leadership and has a Principal's License. She is a person of faith, an avid traveler, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and is the proud mother of two loving sons. 
 

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  • Spartan   Apr 1, 2020 8:08 PM
    Very inspiring message. Thank you and God Bless
  • Dana   Apr 2, 2020 11:10 AM
    Great news for you. Thankful to hear a good report! Isaiah 45:3
  • Rochelle Estrada   Apr 2, 2020 11:15 AM
    Renee S,. thank you so much for sharing your story. I too have M.S. diagnosed 2009. I'm thankful to God that you are ALIVE. I really didn't think that anyone who has M.S. who got Coronavirus would even survive. As I've been told by my Neurologist that I have no antibodies. For the last two yrs I've been taken the Ocellus Infusion every 6 mo. and of course it has been cancelled. And I've decided I will no longer get the infusion going forward. Enough about me. I'm just thankful to God that you're alive. Of course I don't know you at all never heard of you. But via this disease M.S. we are connected. Thank you so much for sharing also needless to say your story just lifted my faith even more that GOD CAN TRULY DO ANYTHING. AMEN AND GOD BLESS YOU EXTRA EXTRA ..
  • Kelly Higgs   Apr 2, 2020 11:17 AM
    Thank you for providing some good news! I think all of us on immune-supressing therapy needed to hear it isn't a death sentence if you get Covid-19.
  • Julia   Apr 2, 2020 11:19 AM
    Thank you for your story. I hope that you are doing better. I am so scared with everything going on and having a compromised immune system. The news makes it seem like this is a death sentence.

    I have developed ocd with handwashing and hand sanitizer. My anxiety has also gotten progressively worse. Your story gives me strength that I am not alone.
  • Janet Byrne   Apr 2, 2020 11:20 AM
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  • Abe D   Apr 2, 2020 11:21 AM
    This is truly an inspiring message. I choked up at the end and wanted to belt the warrior cry prior going into battle. Keep fighting the good fight!
  • Judy Goeckermann   Apr 2, 2020 11:22 AM
    Thank you for the uplifting story.
  • Rabia Shuaib   Apr 2, 2020 11:24 AM
    I m touched by your Ms journey
    I do not ve it but I ve a special place for pole with ms
  • Celine   Apr 2, 2020 11:25 AM
    God Bless you. So happy that you are on the mend and can see your family soon
  • Carolyn Lyn Snyder   Apr 2, 2020 11:25 AM
    Thank you for sharing! Thank you Lord you are better and almost ready to see your family. YOU are a FIGHTER because MS MADE YOU ONE!!!👏👏🙏🙏🙏
  • Tracy   Apr 2, 2020 11:25 AM
    Very happy to hear you are well. God Bless
  • bunny   Apr 2, 2020 11:27 AM
    thank you for sharing your story. thank goodness you are doing so well-- you're a warrior, a survivor. like you, i didn't think anyone with MS would survive especially being on Tysarbri-- me too into my 8 th year on the drug.
    i have been a stressed out wreck thinking about going to the hospital, ambulatory infusion center, to get my treatment next week.
    acknowledging that everyone is unique, your post reduces some of the stress---
    thank you again. prayers your health will continue to improve--bunny
  • Cecelia Mathewson   Apr 2, 2020 11:29 AM
    I am concerned about myself and my husband if one of us get it we live in a small house and can't quarantine from eachother!
  • Nancy S   Apr 2, 2020 11:32 AM
    Thank you so very much for sharing your story. I also have ms(diagnosed 1993).
    COVID-19 is something I keep in the back of my mind so it doesn’t overwhelm.
    I greatly admire your strength and courage. I shall carry your experience and success with me daily forever. Here’s to “big girl pants”!! Take care, be safe. Thank you again. Nancy
  • Duane   Apr 2, 2020 11:32 AM
    Glad to hear you are doing well. I have MS and I’m also a fighter. Thanks for posting your venture. Your in our prayers. God Bless
  • Jayne Z.   Apr 2, 2020 11:32 AM
    Thank you for sharing your experiences in such a candid, human way. Your words give me courage. I am so grateful that you are healing from this new virus. Such good news in these challenging days!
    I feel connected with all beings worldwide and especially with those who have MS. From my heart I send you, and our whole planet, goodness and love.
  • Valli Baldassano   Apr 2, 2020 11:35 AM
    I am paralyzed from the waist down and need help doing almost everything. If it wasn’t for my husband, I don’t know what I do. I worry that if I get Covid he will feel guilty that he gave it to me. Yet,he’s still here! in our house we all haveMS! great to hear from someone who got it and is surviving! Good luck and thanks for sharing.
  • Aaryn   Apr 2, 2020 11:37 AM
    Renee, As isolated and fearful as you may have felt, you have made us feel connected and inspired through your story. So grateful you are doing well and have such a supportive family. Best in health!
  • Tony B   Apr 2, 2020 11:37 AM
    Thank you Renee. I was diagnosed in 2011 after two years of falling with no diagnosis. I too am on Tysabri. I just received an infusion on Tuesday and like you was very concerned about exposure to the virus. Your message is both heart warming and assuring to all of us with MS. Stay strong and keep on writing.
  • Hazel   Apr 2, 2020 11:38 AM
    Thank you for sharing this story. I needed to hear that the first MS Covid case recovered.
  • Stacy   Apr 2, 2020 11:38 AM
    Thank you for sharing your story! I'm glad you are feeling better! You go girl!
  • Michele   Apr 2, 2020 11:39 AM
    Prayers for you and your family. How scared all of you musdt be. I am glad yu seem to be on the road to recovery., Take care.
  • JAMES CARLISLE   Apr 2, 2020 11:39 AM
    Renee,
    I give money to MS and read the newsletter. I was once scared I had MS many years ago but it turned out to be something not serious. I loved reading your story on Covid for it gives me strength to know people like you exist in the world. I should never complain about the little things as someone out there is struggling worse than I am. I have been able to stay away from CoVid, but if it comes my way your story will be in the back of my head to get me through the tough times! Be strong,

    J Carlisle
  • Diana Higgins   Apr 2, 2020 11:40 AM
    Hello,
    I am very concerned for my 25 year old son who has MS. He works at a business that has been deemed essential. He is scared to death to be at work. I'm sure we can get a letter from his doctor to take a leave of absense, however he can not survive without any income. Do you know if he would be eligible for unemployment?
  • Delores Barber   Apr 2, 2020 11:40 AM
    I have MS also was wandering if people with MS is at higher risk of getting the Coronavirus Sorry to hear about your out come and will be praying for you.I wish you the best
  • Laura Lou   Apr 2, 2020 11:41 AM
    My story is eerily similar. I still have a fever but am very hopeful and Grateful that I never had to be admitted!!!! Thank you for sharing.
  • Marcie   Apr 2, 2020 11:44 AM
    Your story has been a great help to me, thank you for sharing! I have been looking, waiting to hear, wanting to reach out to see if anyone with MS has tested positive for COVID-19. I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis and isolation. I am taking Tysabri as well, for the past 2 years, and to know that although I don't want to contract COVID-19, if it happens, I will most likely be ok. I'm taking precautions like crazy to prevent it, but just like you, I am due for an infusion next week at a very large hospital. I hope you continue to improve and am glad this is behind you!
  • bretthumble  Apr 2, 2020 11:45 AM
    Thank you for your story and inspiration! Sorry that you had to be a trailblazer! Fighting the MonSter does help us find our inner warrior and helps us discover that we are fighters and survivors! You have doubly proven the point and give hope to the rest of us! You are in my continued thoughts snd prayers!
  • Denise   Apr 2, 2020 11:47 AM
    Thank you for the story about your experience. I have MS and diabetes and I’m scared to death about what a positive result can mean for someone in my position
  • Marilyn Gorel   Apr 2, 2020 11:48 AM
    Thank you for this wonderful story. I could relate to it in a very personal way. My husband is currently working out of state, my daughters are grown and out of the house and I hear all of the home noises and understand all of her fears during this crazy time. Thank you so much for sending it to me. It is a positive story with a great ending amongst all the negative stories we are surrounded by every day. I appreciate it so much.
  • Terri   Apr 2, 2020 11:50 AM
    Thankful for your well written article to share your experience. I too worry about getting the virus and thinking I won’t have a chance to live out my life, with my young children and husband. This warmed my heart with hope and calmed my anxiety just a bit. Definitely going to miss our MS walk this year but at home building relationships for whatever is before us. Stay strong fellow warriors!!
  • Bret Derrick   Apr 2, 2020 11:51 AM
    Thank you so much for sharing this! God Bless and you are in my prayers.
  • jeneen   Apr 2, 2020 11:54 AM
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’ve been so fearful that a positive diagnosis = death. It’s hopeful to know MS inflicted folks can win that battle too. Best wishes
  • Sheena Mays   Apr 2, 2020 11:56 AM
    Thank you for sharing your story. I, too have MS. I feel like the time is an extremely escalated version of how we typically live our lives-my husband and I. We are always hyper aware of my “delicate” immune system, but I, myself am nowhere close to delicate. Thanks for this beautiful reminder of the warriors we are. Best wishes as you continue your recovery.
  • Harold Powell   Apr 2, 2020 11:56 AM
    I currently have MS and my Drs are at the VA pcp in Toledo at the
    va MS Dr. I have appt. in Ann Arbor Mi. I am having trouble with wallkinggg again and memory problems. I have problems with my ankles also and I also have pain .I have had paine and numness in my feet and arms and hands.
  • GBW  Apr 2, 2020 11:57 AM
    Wow. Not smooth sailing but congratulations on your success!
  • D DZ   Apr 2, 2020 11:58 AM
    I just finished reading your blog. I was contacted by my neurology department via portal to cut back on Gilenya. Every other day because of the effects it has on lowering immunity as well as one of the side effects with breathing. I was anxious and sent them a message asking what this will do my chances of relapse and god forbid getting the Virus. I am so happy your ok. It is scary times. Feel better!!
  • Leslie   Apr 2, 2020 12:01 PM
    I thank God everyday I wake up. Living with the uncertainty that comes with this disease. I am truly grateful for you telling this story. Again I thank God, this time for you . that you made it thru this. May God continue to strengthen you and all of us living with this disease.
  • Kay   Apr 2, 2020 12:03 PM
    So glad you’re doing well! Even though I’m a healthcare worker with MS, I am unable to get tested, so here I sit struggling to breath in my “presumptive positive” quarantine. I haven’t been able to leave my bedroom in a week and my husband and daughter have had to remain in the other end of the house 6 feet apart all of the time. I would love to be able to let my patients and their families know for sure whether or not I inadvertently exposed them, but the only testing offered is for those admitted to the hospital. Looking forward to better days ahead!
  • Kim Ursino   Apr 2, 2020 12:05 PM
    Thank you for your story. Let’s people out there like me know there’s hope and good people around.
    Thank you take care
  • Andrea   Apr 2, 2020 12:12 PM
    Thanks so much for telling your story. I have been so worried that a positive COVID 19 test means a death sentence for those of us with MS on a DMT. This makes me feel so much better. I hope you continue to feel better!!!
  • Renie Q   Apr 2, 2020 12:13 PM
    Thank-you for sharing your experience. It’s important to know not all positive tests for this virus will result in a dire outcome. Hope you see your family soon. Stay well.
  • Angela DiPietrantonio   Apr 2, 2020 12:22 PM
    I am alone at my home now. Not knowing what to do.
  • Barbara   Apr 2, 2020 12:23 PM
    Thanks so much for your message. It helped to put some of my fears to rest.
  • Pamela Stillwell   Apr 2, 2020 12:25 PM
    God bless you, having covid-19 had to be hard and living with MS. I'm a MS survivor as well this year August 28, will be 20yrs. for me. I'm on Avonex once a week self inject, I also work at a hospital which puts me in a compromised position, I'm grateful to God, he's constantly being a fence all around me and my family. Even though we have a long way to go, before this epidemic is over, I will always say this to shall pass. May God keep and bless you and your family, Stay safe
  • Dee   Apr 2, 2020 12:26 PM
    Renee, I appreciate your story and thrilled that you are doing better, I too have MS and take care of my 86 year old mom. I have to suppress my true feeling of fear and worry so that mom continues to be happy. Your story has given me optimistic hope that we must keep the faith and cherish each day.
  • Tahanie Omar   Apr 2, 2020 12:28 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. Hats off to you on your resiliency and courage. Sending you positive vibes. Stay well.
  • Shari Weston   Apr 2, 2020 12:35 PM
    Thank you for sharing!
    My young adult son has MS , I worry ,of course , what if he gets sick with a compromised Immune system.
    Im so glad I read your story!!!
    Stay stong and im so glad you are getting better ❤️
  • Debbie   Apr 2, 2020 12:43 PM
    Thank you for your story, I also have MS and have been concerned about the virus. It is good to know that it is not a death sentence and we can come through this praising God. Have a great life and stay healthy. Deb
  • Wayne Turner   Apr 2, 2020 12:48 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have had MS for 51 years now and can assure everyone that it is not a "death sentence," but is just one of those things you have to put up with, like everything else in life. Though I was lucky in that my MS was of the "Recurring/Remitting" type for the majority of that time, I progressed to the "Secondary Progressive" stage about the time I turned 60 (as a Neurologist told me I probably would when I was in my 30s) I am 72 now and still coping. Thanks again for an inspiring story.
  • Florence Kontos   Apr 2, 2020 12:49 PM
    Wow Renee, you are a really strong person and I thank you for sharing your experience. I am 74, have had MS for 36 years, living alone in Reading PA and have chosen to self-isolate to keep myself well. By doctor's orders, I no longer take MS drugs since Sept. 2019, but I'm pretty certain I would have stopped taking them because I didn't want my immune system to be suppressed. I was on Plegridy shots every other week and feel no difference by not taking them from when I did.
    I'm happy you are doing better & hope you will continue to be healthy, except for MS. God bless you for sharing.
  • Sherrie   Apr 2, 2020 12:52 PM
    Thanks for sharing. My daughter is on Tysabri and of course we’re worried. Really worried. Your case seems to suggest the virus might be airborne, perhaps the result of an asymptomatic person. There is still so much we don’t know about transmission.

    I am so very happy you are recovering. It’s encouraging. Continue to take care of yourself and your family.
  • Sherri Long   Apr 2, 2020 12:54 PM
    Fantastic news for you, thank you for sharing your story. I too have MS (28 years) and are on Avonex/IVIG treatment. You have given me great hope now. Thank you!!!
  • Beverly   Apr 2, 2020 12:55 PM
    Thank you very much for sharing your story along with your thoughts and fears. I am so happy you had a positive outcome. Peace
  • Colleen   Apr 2, 2020 1:02 PM
    Bless you for sharing this and bless you for your strength. My son has MS also. Take gentle care.
  • Kristin Harris   Apr 2, 2020 1:03 PM
    It was so inspiring reading your story, as someone with MS, this has been particularly nerve wracking. Especially because I just received my infusion yesterday! But hearing that you are doing better is so heart warming. Thank you so much for sharing your story and I’m glad you’re doing better!
  • Neva   Apr 2, 2020 1:09 PM
    Thank you for sharing. You've given hope with your transparency.
  • Cyndi   Apr 2, 2020 1:12 PM
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so glad you shared your story. I've been on MS drugs for 20 years, and a few years ago started Gilenya. Yes, i've been so afraid of getting the virus since we have the immune compromised systems. Staying at home, afraid to make an appointment with my general doctor because I don't want to go to a doctor office and possibly be around people who do have it. But reading your story gives me hope that if I do get it, i can survive! You are a blessing and hope you stay well. Thank you!
  • Beth   Apr 2, 2020 1:13 PM
    Thanks for your story... As an MS patient receiving infusions of Tsabri
    I'm petrified.
  • Rachel   Apr 2, 2020 1:15 PM
    I needed to hear your story. Thank you for sharing. I have been searching for any story of a person with MS getting COVID. Something to make the unknown a little less uncertain. I am so glad that you are doing well and wish you and your family all the best.
  • Michele   Apr 2, 2020 1:17 PM
    So glad you shared your story and that your feeling better. Wishing you continued good health. God Bless.
  • Jarkeshia   Apr 2, 2020 1:17 PM
    Thank God you are recovering well! I enjoyed your story
  • Clyde Corales   Apr 2, 2020 1:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing! You are right, it's frightening to think about it. I check my temperature and keep sanitizing my hands my place my work area and stay away from people. Glad you shared, glad you are okay. My MS status is better, I walk miles. It was not treated until recently, for 15th years it was believed that I had Multiple Myeloma because of the condition name Mgus and some plasmacytomas. They even gave radiation and chemotherapy! So it was until last July that it was found that I have MS. My whole body was numb and my mind foggy. I had received a spinal surgery to correct a collapsed vertebrae. I'm fine, numbness in three of both hands fingers. Home but back to bus driving and back to my other contact representative job.
    Again THANKS and best to you!
    Clyde Corales aka "Carlos"
  • Cherise Miller   Apr 2, 2020 1:24 PM
    Hello Renee!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. So good to know you are on your way to feeling better. May God give you total healing.
    Your story really touched me because I was diagnosed with MS February 2019 and have a lot to learn about MS. I have been on Tysabri for the last nine months and so far I’ve been doing well. So, of course, when I read that Tysabri is the drug you’re taking it surely scared me a bit. But your recovery and strength gives me hope. Praying for you and your family. Be blessed!❤️

    Cherise M.
  • Shawn   Apr 2, 2020 1:26 PM
    We may have MS but we're all fighters. God bless you and speedy recovery .
  • Debra LeFrere Williams   Apr 2, 2020 1:30 PM
    I am so thankful to you for sharing your story!!! I too am living with MS and the thought of ever being tested positive for COVID 19 would be a nightmare. I thank God that everything went well for you. You are really blessed. Wish you and your family the best. 😌
  • Debra LeFrere Williams   Apr 2, 2020 1:31 PM
    I am so thankful to you for sharing your story!!! I too am living with MS and the thought of ever being tested positive for COVID 19 would be a nightmare. I thank God that everything went well for you. You are really blessed. Wish you and your family the best. 😌
  • Chris O'Reilly   Apr 2, 2020 1:40 PM
    Thank you for sharing and helping us to stay calm and believe we've survived MS we can survive Covid 19! God's blessings for you and your family.
  • Braxton Collier   Apr 2, 2020 1:40 PM
    Renee, thank you so much for your sharing. We have a daughter-in-law with MS and has the Tysabri infusion every month. We are very concerned about Covid-19 for the same reasons you were/are not only for her, but ourselves. Please keep the faith, stay healthy and love take advantage with every hour you have. God Bless You!!
  • Melissa Fulton   Apr 2, 2020 1:43 PM
    Renee- Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think that the unknown is so scary and this is new to all of us. I am a nurse practitioner taking care of MS patients in the state of Nebraska. A few things to help reduce some anxiety would be to think that MS is not an immunosuppressant type of disease. It is a disease of a hyperactive immune system. Although we do not have a lot of data yet, the information coming out of Italy tells us that MS patients aren't at a greater risk than the general population when it comes to contracting (or getting ) Covid-19. This issue is with the medications that we give to alter the immune system or dampen the immune system and this might put you at risk for recovering from the virus. According to information from Dr. Gavin Giovannoni some the early data tells us that the injectable types of medication put you at a very low risk for complications associated with Covid-19 where your immune system could hopefully fight this off. Tecfidera and Tysabri were at a low risk to contribute to increased complications associated with Covid 19. Other medications that have an intermediate risk would be Fingolimod, Siponimod, Oaznimod, Ponesimod, Ocrevus, Rituxan and Cladribine. Lemtrada, mitoxantrone and HSCT (stem cell) would have higher risks. There are still a lot of questions to be answered. Of course this does not take into consideration other conditions such as diabetes, lung problems, low white blood cell counts, etc. There is even some thought that some of the medications we are using to treat MS might actually help protect you some and dampen down the virus. Those answers are still unknown so we have to stay vigilent. So the bottom line is we all need to stay calm, practice social isolation or social distancing depending on what is being governed in your state, wash your hands often, use sanitizer, rest, eat healthy. Make sure you are talking with your MS providers as just going off your medication may put you at a higher risk for a relapse which might be more detrimental to your health than the likelihood of you contracting Covid-19 and having significant symptoms. Stay strong MS community. We are all working hard to help keep you safe.
  • Toni Bowe   Apr 2, 2020 1:46 PM
    Thank you for writing this!! I am replying now as I am receiving my Tysabri infusion. I have been scared for 3 weeks now as I work in a hospital in Colorado. My team are the frontline registrars “STARS” getting patients in to be seen. On Monday I moved to work from home to be safe which has given me personal relief but still worrying about my team.
    Anyway thank you again for your blog! Good luck to you and stay safe!!
  • Laurie   Apr 2, 2020 1:47 PM
    Hey Renee! Thanks for your inspiring thoughts and message. You are a fighter and I hope you continue to get better quickly. Stay the course and our thoughts/prayers are with you :)
  • Martin Lopez   Apr 2, 2020 1:51 PM
    Renee so happy to hear you’re doing better. I’ve been living with a little more fear of contracting the virus as I work in the food industry and I’m still active. I keep telling myself that it’s not an automatic death sentence but still worried. Reading your store has put me a little more at ease. Thanks for sharing.
  • Pat Espinoza   Apr 2, 2020 1:52 PM
    Renee, I am so happy to hear that you are doing better. Thank you for your story. My son is Cognitively challenged and has MS. He is taking medication that suppresses his immune system, so I am scared to death. We have been home for 3 weeks not leaving the house at all. Hoping we stay healthy.

    Again, thank you for sharing, I will be praying for you and your family.

    Pat
  • Ed Marks   Apr 2, 2020 1:52 PM
    Hi: I wanted to thanks for sharing your MS &Covid-19 journey; very glad to hear you are recovering and doing well. Important for us MS'ers to hear what you experienced. Stay strong. Many prayers. Ed
  • Tina   Apr 2, 2020 1:52 PM
    Wow! Thank you for sharing your story, you are proof that there is hope. I was just diagnosed and have not commenced treatment due to the virus. God bless you and your family.
  • Barbara Stannard   Apr 2, 2020 1:54 PM
    Very informative. I appreciate first-hand information from someone in our health position. Keep us posted as you come along, please.
  • Dawn   Apr 2, 2020 1:54 PM
    Dearest Renee,

    Bless your heart, I’m so thankful you recovered. Prayers for struggling daily with MS.

    Xoxo

    Dawn
  • Rebecca fox   Apr 2, 2020 2:00 PM
    Thank you for writing this blog for all of us with MS . It was helpful and calming that we won’t die from this; just because we have MS
    But we need to be careful and safe in our daily schedule! Wear a mask to keep us from touching our face and gloves,wash hands and if we can use sanitizer!
    Please keep us up to date on your progress ! Thank you again!
  • Gordon Titus   Apr 2, 2020 2:02 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It gives the rest of us with MS hope and courage during this time.

    Best to you on a full recovery and with reuniting with your loved ones! We will get through this! We are strong!
  • Brian   Apr 2, 2020 2:07 PM
    Thank you for sharing!! Glad everything worked out ! I to will have to have my infusion this Monday and I am so scared praying everything goes good!! God bless!
  • Anthony   Apr 2, 2020 2:26 PM
    FINALLY! Some good news! When reading, I was praying this story ended well, and it did. I was diagnosed in 2013 and have been putting off my infusion for the past 2-weeks. The balancing act between risking possible relapse and COVID-19 is maddening. Your story gives me hope.
  • DORIS   Apr 2, 2020 2:32 PM
    YOU are a trouper, may god bless and keep you
  • Dave May   Apr 2, 2020 2:33 PM
    Thanks for sharing this. My wife has MS and I kind of thought Covid 19 was a death sentence if she caught it. Doing my best to keep her safe but this helps as far as hope!
  • Dan Rodriguez   Apr 2, 2020 2:52 PM
    Thank you and God bless you.
  • Gloria   Apr 2, 2020 2:59 PM
    I am very happy to hear your story and that you’re doing ok, my daughter has MS and we have the same concerns about getting the virus, but being safe and lots of prayers will help.
  • Carolyn   Apr 2, 2020 3:06 PM
    Very inspiring message.
    Thank you for sharing

    God Bless💖
  • Illonda   Apr 2, 2020 3:06 PM
    Your message was encouraging and impactful. God bless you and continue being that warrior. I battle MS for eight years before a six month MRI returned with miraculous results. No lesions,no MS! I still have fibromyalgia but I can relate to how two illnesses at once can impact one's life. Thanks for sharing! Be blessed!
  • Kyra   Apr 2, 2020 3:09 PM
    Dear Renee, Thank you for sharing your story. You are clearly a brave and strong woman and I am wishing you a smooth recovery and reunion with your family. We are always here for you at the National MS Society. Big hug, Kyra
  • Frank Tyburski   Apr 2, 2020 3:11 PM
    My son's mother had MS and now my son. I was reluctant to read about your experience, and now I am glad for having done so. Your honesty, and especially your clarity about your recent journey is very reassuring and I thank you very much for that.
    I wish you and your family well on your continuing journey.
    FT
  • Aaron   Apr 2, 2020 3:14 PM
    I’ve been nervously awaiting any word from the MS Society re. what can be expected for someone living with MS and using ISDs. This was extremely reassuring and your goods news is definitely helping a lot of ppl deal with the uncertainty. Thank you!
  • C Alan Dapron   Apr 2, 2020 3:14 PM
    My husband has M.S. Thank you for this enlightning story of we can do this. I did.t notice if you said they placed you on any medications while you were home. Bless you and stay safe.
    Jackie
  • C Alan Dapron   Apr 2, 2020 3:15 PM
    My husband has M.S. Thank you for this enlightning story of we can do this. I did.t notice if you said they placed you on any medications while you were home. Bless you and stay safe.
    Jackie
  • Holly Drew   Apr 2, 2020 3:16 PM
    You are not alone. I was diagnosed with MS in October, 2019 and with the corona Virus on 3/14/2020. Because of my advanced age I am not medicated for MS but do take weekly Hyzendra to boost my respiratory immune system. My virus was not too bad and I hardly had a cough or any respiratory distress.
  • Becky   Apr 2, 2020 3:17 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I read it to my husband who has MS and is a fighter too. God bless you.
  • Kerri   Apr 2, 2020 3:18 PM
    Thank you so much, Renee S., for sharing your story. Each day, I watch the news and fear for the health and well-being of every human being (even ones I don’t always like so much!). I feel a sense of warmth and gratitude for all of those who are doing something, anything to help. I then wonder what I can do to help. As thoughts of delivering groceries to neighbors, donating blood, or watching the children of busy doctors cross my mind, I realize that I probably should do no such thing. In fact, the best I can probably do is stay home. Selfishly, I worry about myself and question whether or not my MS immunocompromised, beat-up system could fight this awful disease. Some days I am able to think, as you did, that I am a strong woman and MS has made me even stronger than I ever realized. I hope that every person living with MS is also able to keep this in mind. Be mindful, cautious and strong. And while maybe we can’t do any of the things I listed above, there are things we can do. Wave at an elderly neighbor across the street, pick up the phone and call someone, sew masks if you know how (It may not be pretty, but I’m going to buy a sewing machine and figure it out!), and remain positive and strong. We will all get through this. Thanks again for sharing your story and reminding me that people can get sick and recover.
  • Jim Kucera   Apr 2, 2020 3:36 PM
    Renee:
    Good luck to you! Thanks for sharing your story.
    I was diagnosed with MS in 2002, so I understand some of your bits and pieces. Except not all of them, I am on Rebif which means self-injections at home. I turn 63 next month, so I am worried that I am approaching the higher-risk age window for things including now COVID-19.

    The 87 replies, and counting in 20 hours since you posted it, shows we all in the MS community are cheering you on.

    Good luck!
  • Bev   Apr 2, 2020 3:36 PM
    So glad you’re doing well! Praise God that you did not end up in the hospital!
  • Jamie   Apr 2, 2020 3:37 PM
    Oh my. What a scary experience. Thank God you are feeling better and on the mend. Glad you had your treatment BEFORE you had symptoms. MS won that one. Ever figure out who you had contact with. Is your family all ok.
  • Mary Jo   Apr 2, 2020 3:41 PM
    Dear Renee, may God continue blessing you with His healing love and a quick return to a full recovery from the coronavirus. My son was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 2017, and is a great source of strength for me. He has a deep faith, accepted his diagnosis, and gratefully looks forward to each day with joy and optimism that Is incredible. May God bless you and all those suffering from MS, as well as end the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Armando Garibay   Apr 2, 2020 4:36 PM
    Thanks for taking the time to share your ongoing struggle it was helpful to me and I’m sure many others. Diagnosed with ms when I was 21 now I’m 41 it’s been a long ride but it’s been worth it.thank you
  • Linda M   Apr 2, 2020 4:37 PM
    I think all of us with MS needed to hear this story! Thanks. So happy that you're doing so well!
  • Les   Apr 2, 2020 4:38 PM
    Thank you for telling your story, it was very well done. It significantly eased my paranoia. I worry about a lot of things, and I have been driving my Wife nuts with my cleaning and unwillingness to leave our yard. I am a planner, and the unpredictability of MS makes that impossible. I assumed testing positive for COVID-19 is a death sentence, with my immune system compromised by my MS DMT. You have dispelled that, and I am forever grateful for that.
    Thank you
  • Paul Weiss   Apr 2, 2020 5:05 PM
    Thank you Renee, for sharing your powerful and inspiring story. You are brave and courageous and you lift the rest of us up. I am now feeling WAAAAY less sorry for myself. Keeping you in my thoughts, thanks for giving us strength.
  • Jon White   Apr 2, 2020 5:16 PM
    Dear Renee Thank you for sharing your story about CV-19 It is inspiring and calming to hear you winning another health battle. Now you can have two items after your name showing your stars showing your battles won. Renee MS CV-19 survivor Keep up the good fight
  • Mike Clemons   Apr 2, 2020 5:17 PM
    Thanks for sharing your story. I know people without MS that have had the fight of their lives...ICU & such. I'm so happy that it turned out awesome for you and I hope and pray nobody else you know has a positive. I'm thankful that I can share your story with the tri-county support group I lead. Next Thursday we're hoping the video chat works and that I can share your story. Everyone is afraid of this bug, but, you've proven that even with MS it can be beaten. This is not any more of an immune type of thing any other bug. Best of luck and stay safe with your family.
  • June Martin   Apr 2, 2020 5:38 PM
    That was a very sad story but a happy ending. I wish her the best. A strong lady.
    I have MS and I am 74 yrs old and very scared I will get it.
  • Jennifer Kettering   Apr 2, 2020 5:40 PM
    Thank you so much for this story. As someone living with MS, all of the information regarding COVID-19, including all of the need and social media posts, has been terrifying. I am also an individual that tested for positive for COVID-19. I finally got my results yesterday. I am recovering and getting better each day, but I’m still not at 100%. If you would like me to share any other information and/or stories regarding this whole experience for someone with MS, please let me know. Thank you!
  • Kim   Apr 2, 2020 5:45 PM
    I can't thank you enough for writing this. I have been terrified since all this started. I'm glad you are recovering and hope you are reunited with your family soon. Stay well.
  • Zenobia S Bryan   Apr 2, 2020 5:48 PM
    Renee 1st off let me start off by saying I think you are so amazing and brave! I have just started taking the Ocrevus infusions which are twice a year and its doing ok but ive only had one full dose. I'm still considered an essential employee so I'm still leaving my house to go to work... My supervisor and manager are doing their best to get me work at home capabilities but so far nothing. Reading your blog has touched me and made me feel like there is hope... I'm 27 and I'm on my 3ed DMT and with everyone you get on the doctors always tell you that they weaken your immune system. So knowing that and knowing that Coronavirus makes that even worse is pretty scary. Im going to be praying for you and I just want you to know that you are such an inspiration🤗.
  • Laureen   Apr 2, 2020 5:56 PM
    Renee, Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you continued healing and seeing your sons very soon. I, too, have been concerned about having MS and getting COVID-19, and whether I’m comprising myself by continuing my injections. I’m 63 and my husband has a compromised respiratory system. We’re self quarantined and missing our grandson. We will ALL stay strong & are reassured by your story. Thank you so very much!
  • Michelle   Apr 2, 2020 5:57 PM
    Thank you, Renee, you have put words to the fears of every person with MS. Am I going to die because my immune system is weakened from treating MS. I’m so glad to hear you are doing well, and so thankful you’ve shared your story. God bless you! Health and happiness sent your way!
  • Joann Fehr   Apr 2, 2020 6:10 PM
    Thanks for sharing your story. l wish you a speedy recovery. May God bless you! I too have MS. Fortunately I have so far been able to doge this horrific virus.

    May God continue to be with you.
  • Rohan Rodney   Apr 2, 2020 6:17 PM
    Thank you for your story... it fills me with hope and reassurance. Being the first is normally an honor but this one must have been devastating for you and your family. Thank you for your strength and honesty. I wish you all peace and blessings during this uncertain time!
  • Liz Giardina   Apr 2, 2020 6:35 PM
    Thank you for sharing your journey. Really glad to hear you are starting to feel better. Please know that there are so many people with MS that are routing for you to come out of this stronger!! Just need to take things one at a time but hopeful that you will see your boys very soon!
  • Barb   Apr 2, 2020 7:09 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. I have MS and have been worried. Your story makes me feel strong. Stay strong my friend. Thoughts and prayers coming your way.
  • Bec   Apr 2, 2020 7:16 PM
    Thanks so much for sharing such a real and raw account of what is can be like to live with a compromised immune system at this time, more than ever before. I have shared this story with my team in Australia who raise funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. Stay safe and strong.
    Bec in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jamie Parkerson   Apr 2, 2020 7:33 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m so thankful you are feeling better and hope that you can be reunited with your family soon. I have two family members that have MS too. I pray for all MS patients that there will be a cure some day soon. God bless.
  • yvette   Apr 2, 2020 7:43 PM
    My oldest daughter was just diagnosed with MS 2 month ago. It has been a very scary moment ever since we found out. Now with this Coronavirus it's even more nerve wrecking. All I can say is keep your faith in God. He will see you through this difficult moment and time in your life. He have a covering over your life. May God bless you and stay strong. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
  • Dhanya Praveen   Apr 2, 2020 8:03 PM
    Hi Renee,
    We are fighters and nothing can stop us , not the MS and definitely not COVID. Keep going and hope to hear back from you soon after you have been reunited with your family. Take care.
  • Kathy Penwell   Apr 2, 2020 8:03 PM
    Thanks for sharing your story, Renee.
  • A-   Apr 2, 2020 8:33 PM
    As a daughter of someone who has ms this was very reassuring and inspiring. I find myself looking for research and reading the story of others to better help me understand and comfort my mother. Thank you for sharing this story to bring comfort in this time of uncertainty. Wishing you all the best.
  • Kim Zbikowski   Apr 2, 2020 10:14 PM
    Thank you for sharing. I felt reading was my own writing when you spoke of your mom driving you...I’ve felt selfish continuing to lean on my own mom when this all began, fearing I’d get it and give it to her as I’m at higher risk. I’m so grateful to hear your story and that you are doing well, wishing you a wonderful reunion with your family.
  • Margaret   Apr 2, 2020 11:11 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. A good reminder that we need to appreciate the good things this life had to offer. I am glad to hear you are doing better. I pray you have a full recovery soon and can enjoy your family time once again. God bless you.
  • Steve Izard   Apr 2, 2020 11:36 PM
    Renee, I too think your story was very inspirational. I was diagnosed with MS in 1996, but did not start any DMT's until 2000, which I took injections of Rebif for 14 years, Tysabri infusions for 2 years, and the oral drug Aubagio for three years, and now began the infusions of Ocrevus, every 6 months.

    Maybe since I've been pumping so much crap through my system for the past 20 years, I've mentally become immune to everything. Even though all of the DMT's compromised my immune system. I do all the things I am supposed to as far as to protect myself, but it makes me feel like I have the plague or something when I have my daughter and girlfriend just drop off things in my garage, and wave to them out the window.

    Steve
  • Mike   Apr 3, 2020 1:15 AM
    Do not let the barrage of negative news overwhelm you. Do not assume a positive result means death. Do not give up. I am a fighter because my MS has made me one!
  • SP   Apr 3, 2020 2:11 AM
    Thank you for your story. My wife showed me this story. I am glad she did.
    I live in fear that I can bring home the very virus that can kill my wife. She too has MS. I am a scientist and realized very well all the risks and precautions, percentages and survival rates. We went together through her breast cancer and her MS diagnosis. Then there where people before us who made it. This alone made it easier for me to comfort and support her. Until you there was no one who survived this pandemic with MS. With toll mounting here in New York, your story makes it easier, I know, for her to be strong and for me to be strong for her. Thank you for surviving Covid so other can as well.
  • Sandy P.   Apr 3, 2020 4:06 AM
    Renee S., Thank you for sharing your experience with Covid-19. Knowing a MS patient has had it and is getting healthy gives real hope! Thank you. Sandy P.
  • Eric   Apr 3, 2020 4:55 AM
    I thank you for sharing your story. I have ms also. I'm so glad to hear something positive with all that's going on. That message was received. God bless you and all.
  • Vanessa   Apr 3, 2020 8:03 AM
    I’m coming upon my next tysabri treatment. Should I go? What will my neurologist tell me?
    Seems you were fine until after your treatment. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
  • Cathy Gomez   Apr 3, 2020 8:57 AM
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. As someone with MS for over 20 years, I have felt all of the ups and downs of the disease. Especially knowing how my body reacts to even a mild cold, not to mention any flu. As we all know, everything is so much more severe when you have MS. So the possibility of getting the Corona virus has made me extremely anxious. As a result I have not been going out except for dog walks in the woods (I have drop foot, weakness and use cane). Luckily, very few people in the woods near me and people stay far apart. But even that makes me nervous. Luckily I have a husband to keep me company and he is the one that goes out for necessities. I was so pleased to hear your story and that you are doing a better. Bless you. Feel better! Best regards to all and stay well. Cathy
  • Shiland B.   Apr 3, 2020 9:04 AM
    Renee your story is reassuring and for me somewhat comforting. I was diagnosed with having MS almost three also at Cleveland Clinic. It was strongly suggested by my doctor not to start treatment until this all clears up. Thank you for sharing your story. Continue to be strong and get well soon.
  • Nancy   Apr 3, 2020 12:49 PM
    I heard in the virtual message in church this past Sunday that while Coronavirus is circulating around not to miss the miracles going on today. After reading your story I believe you are one!! Your life of faith and enduring the trials of MS and now Covid19 are witness to the fact that miracles are happening :) Thank you for sharing yours here. May you fully recover and be back in the arms of your loved ones real soon.
  • April Bowens   Apr 3, 2020 2:44 PM
    Thank God you are doing so much better!! Thank you for sharing your story for the benefit for the rest of us trying to make the decision to take our modifying medications or not. Continue to get and we’ll!!!
  • Nicole   Apr 3, 2020 10:02 PM
    Renee, thank you so much for sharing your testimony with all of us. You are a truly good fighter. Thanks God, your faith and strain you are alive today. Enjoying your beautiful family with so much love. I am also a M.S patient and all this is new to me. And I was also told by my Neurologist that I didn't have any immune system to fight any diseases nor the Covid 19. Due to my infusion Ocrevous. Which I just started my treatment on 2/2020. Exactly 5 months after I was diagnosed with MS back on 10/01/2019. I'll never going to forget that date since it change my life for ever. Dispite of all that, reading your story has encouraged me to become a fighter too. I do believe in God and I know one day all this will be in the past. But until than I will continue confronting my MS and letting this disease know that only God and I are the one in control. Again Thank you for sharing. Your are a truly inspiration to all of us.
  • Becca   Apr 4, 2020 7:55 AM
    It is reassuring to know there is light in all of this darkness. That a fighting spirit overcomes adversity. With all of the fear and sadness right now, this was an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story.
  • marie   Apr 4, 2020 9:26 AM
    Renee, Thank you so much for telling your story. My daughter has had MS for many years, and she is terribly afraid of this Covid virus as are we all. I am 80, and live a distance from her; we both feel helpless with her fears. I will call her this morning and tell her your story... thank you, and the others who shared stories of recovery as well. I do have a strong faith that God will quiet our fears. Stories of recovery also help. Thank you Renee!
  • Alton  Apr 6, 2020 6:11 AM
    Renee I appreciate your blog so much. I am worried because I too have Ms but...... have never been on any medication. This is not by choice, just circumstances. I can understand your fear and just wish we all get through this COVID-19 pandemic and are able to look back and be amused about the strength of our brothers and sisters out there living with MS and going through this period.
  • Karen   Apr 6, 2020 8:21 AM
    I’m so very sorry, I didn’t expect those of us battling MS would even be hit with this virus! I’m glad you’re doing better &have been able to allow your family back in to your life! May God Bless you &your family!
  • Charles   Apr 6, 2020 10:03 AM
    Wow! what an inspiring post, thank you for sharing. I really connected to this and truly appreciate that you took the time to write this. I really connected to this post. Me myself found it very had to continue a routine from quarantine. I ended up buying the APT I used in the clinic to recover from home it really does help if anyone needs the link: https://www.tzora.com/apt/
  • Carla Rogers   Apr 6, 2020 3:14 PM
    Having MS myself since 1994, Since I rarely go out in public, This virus has not made too much of a difference to my daily life. What it is doing to the rest of the world scares he hell out of me. I wish the people would do as the are told and stay home. Be well say safe.
  • KC   Apr 6, 2020 3:18 PM
    Keep fighting
  • Kerri   Apr 6, 2020 3:19 PM
    Thank you. This article is reassuring. The thought of having the virus and MS is frightening.
  • Pam   Apr 6, 2020 4:03 PM
    I’m so so sorry for what you went through.Yes I agree you are a fighter trough your MS. I take Aubagio pill form What type of MS You have
  • Andrew Brock   Apr 6, 2020 4:58 PM
    I've been on Tysabri since May of 2009. Yes, it does beat up our immune system a bit but those of us who live with MS every day are fighters. We fight battles no one understands but us. Your story inspires me to keep fighting. Thanks for telling your story.
  • Maria   Apr 6, 2020 8:48 PM
    I’m glad your going well.
    God Bless you and I pray that one day they will find the cure for MS.
  • Katie H.   Apr 7, 2020 1:42 PM
    While I am not happy that you have Covid 19. I am happy to hear that you are doing well. I, too, have MS and when I walk into a store, because we have to have groceries, I have my mask on but still play the “am I going to get this?” If I do, I wonder how bad, can I die? These questions I push away almost as fast as I have them but it is calming to hear that you failed well and are improving. True MS fighter!!
  • Cindy R   Apr 8, 2020 6:37 AM
    Thank you, Renee. I also have MS and take tecfidera and also have had COVID19 AND RECOVERED! I have been fever free for 11 days. Because of MS, asthma and CVID, I also got tested as soon as I had symptoms. I fought fever for 10 days and felt terrible and did not have to go to the hospital but my healthy husband who also got the virus was the one who ended up with pneumonia and in the hospital for 4 days! I think that us MS patients know how to.monitor our symptoms and take care of ourselves if we do get the virus, maybe better than healthy folks. Please, everyone, be encouraged that you can recover if you get Covid 19.
  • Tracy   Apr 9, 2020 10:45 AM
    Thanks for sharing your story. I hope you and your loved ones are doing good.
  • doreen lubin   Apr 10, 2020 5:04 PM
    all I could say is thank god you"ar ok! I worry every day ,I dont feel sick yet! one never knows! In this enviornment.
  • doreen lubin   Apr 10, 2020 5:04 PM
    all I could say is thank god you"ar ok! I worry every day ,I dont feel sick yet! one never knows! In this enviornment.
  • Jen   Apr 11, 2020 12:19 AM
    Renee,

    Your story is inspiring and hopeful in a time of fear and uncertainty. Thank you for sharing and helping to uplift those, such as myself, in the MS community. I pray for your continued health improvement.

    -Jen
  • Julia R. Eversoll   May 7, 2020 8:50 PM
    Thank you for your letter! It has given me so much relief! I have had MS for many years. Many ups and downs. This situation has sent all my emotions in high gear. Your story was very helpful. God bless you!
  • Monika Donohue   May 17, 2020 3:48 PM
    I'm proud of you! Sounds like you were strong and remained positive! Congrats! Monika
  • Shannon   May 25, 2020 12:06 AM
    This made me cry! I am still crying. Thank you & god bless you & your sweet family.