I was born and raised in Minnesota, USA, but married a Brazilian and have been living in Brazil since 1993. My best friend here was diagnosed with MS just a year before I arrived and was quite assymptomatic for almost 15 years. She gradually began to lose muscle control in her legs and has been using a scooter now for several years. Until recently she was able to transfer herself in and out of the scooter. Her mind and spirit have always surpassed all of ours. On January 1, 2017, she experienced an exacerbation that affected her cognition quite suddenly.
My biggest challenge is to know how to best support my friend and her family.