It was November 1999 when I first experienced MS. I woke up on a Sunday morning and when I stepped out of bed, noticed numbness in my feet. As the week went on, I would trip while walking, couldn't type without missing keys and by Thursday the numbness was up to my neck. I'd gone to doctor but he misdiagnosed and stated it was diabetes. He was insensitive and I went to another doctor for second opinion. That's when I found out it was MS. My doctor put me out until March of 2000, but I returned to work in February.
My biggest MS moments were the first 1 to 2 years after diagnosis. There were a variety of symptoms that took place and I'd panic. Eventually, I learned how to deal with things when they came up. In my honest opinion, I believe that my marriage was a contributing factor in somethings. It was not good and I was constantly stressed out. It wasn't until I left in 2009, that I began to feel better. There haven't been a lot of symptoms and my MS hasn't changed for quite sometime.
Currently I work full time at a pretty cool job, I am also going to school for my degree and spend time with my adult sons. Life is pretty good despite it's challenges. While I don't have any crazy activities, I do get out when I can.
Every now and then, my MS monsters shows up, but not for long. Of course my hope is that it stays like it has....relapsed. It is hard to say how I'd advise someone recently diagnosed. For me, it was frightening to hear that I had MS and sure that's the same for someone else. It really seems to be a process to coming to terms with it.