The major effect on me of having MS that I've noticed lately is in the cognitive realm. But since I'm over 50, I have to ask myself what is due to my age and what is caused by the MS! I always made fairly good grades in school and still would like to pursue another degree (online) at my age. While it probably wouldn't be worth the expense, it might give me more options for being self-employed one day. Day-to-day, I try to stay positive and don't let anything get me down for too long. I 'make lemonade out of lemons' and some days I make a lot. (Thank goodness that I like lemonade!)
I joined an MS support group that meets monthly, and that truly has been the best thing I've done since being diagnosed. It's great to share with others who I have something in common with, and I really look forward to those meetings.
My biggest challenges are getting enough rest and keeping everyone happy at my work. I haven't let on that I have MS, and my job is so routine that it is not a problem.
My hopes and dreams involve forming friendships with others I have something BIG in common with.
To someone newly diagnosed with MS, I'd say to give yourself some time - a lot of time perhaps - to adjust. And MS support groups are a great resource.
The best way to create a world without MS is through research. After all, that's brought us to where we are today!