MS started affecting my life in the month of March 2012. At the time I was a junior in high school, I didn’t know what I did to not see straight or keep my balance, feeling pounding in my forehead and tingling in my fingers and upper lip. This was going on for a week and I went to the nurse and she sent me home, when I got sent home my father took me to see an eye specialist to see if I needed glasses but within ten minutes, he sent me to the hospital. With only being in the hospital for not even two days they diagnosed me with MS. When I was told this, I didn’t understand what MS was or what the disease is. I had a doctor come in and explain everything to me what it is about and what I have to do to not end back up in the hospital, I listened and made a promise to myself that I will do everything that the doctor says for me to do.
My biggest challenge was trying to understand or come up with me being diagnosed with MS. I kept thinking about everything I’ve done (eaten, drank) but the one thing that came up in my mind that I told the doctor when I was in there, would being anorexic and bulimic cause this disease? Still to this day I blame what I did to my body but I can’t anymore I have to be strong and thank God for showing me anything he puts in my way I can face it and will not let it mess up my life. I will not let MS destroy me, I will destroy MS.
Anyone newly diagnosed with MS I have to say listen to your doctors and nurses; they are not there to hurt you but to help you. Also participate in events that we have (there is A LOT). Also that you are not alone, you have your faith, doctors/nurses, family/friends and everyone out there trying to find a cure. And I believe with all my heart that one day we will find a cure for MS!