About Me

  • Gender Male
  • Age 45
  • Relationship Separated

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Last year I once again watched the New York City Marathon on television. I’ve been watching the marathon for years and I really enjoyed seeing people run over twenty-six miles. What I always thought was interesting was the fact that the New York City Marathon finished about thirty blocks from where I used to live and grow up. Every year I would watch the race except for one year back in 2011. I couldn’t watch the marathon that year because I was running the race. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I then realized that the most amazing thing about running the marathon was that I did it while having MS and I hadn’t realized it. It took me about five and a half hours to get to the finish and as far as I can remember there was nothing that stopped me from running 26.2 miles. I did it and then happily walked home with my finishing medal. The reason why I knew I had run with MS was because when I read back over my journal I had discovered that I had written about some of the MS symptoms I had had. Of course, I didn’t know what the symptoms meant and even my mother and my doctor didn’t know. Yet I had multiple sclerosis and starting in 2014 I began exhibiting new symptoms. I had been out in Oakland, California living with my friends when I began to have difficulty keeping my balance as I walked and I began to trip as I ran. It turned out that I wasn’t lifting my left leg up high enough and thankfully I never fell over but it started to become harder and harder to run any distance even though I had no intention of running another marathon or any race. I returned to New York and I began to live with my sister and her family but I also wanted to find out what was wrong with my body. My sister and I went to see a neurologist and after getting an MRI I got the diagnosis. I had Multiple Sclerosis as I had lesions on my brain and spine. Since then I’ve been working hard to remain healthy by eating well and exercising every day by walking. I had one major setback when I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. I was there for two weeks but I came out and then recovered quickly. Now I continue to work out all the time and eat healthy. I still have to deal with MS as I can get tired very easily and I have to walk carefully. If I over do it my legs can get very tired and make it difficult to keep moving. I haven’t been able to run again but the walking has given me a good amount of exercise and I learned from a physical therapist how to strengthen my upper body and core. The MS can be annoying at times but so far I feel I’ve been able to handle it very well.

My MS

Type of MS Newly Diagnosed with MS
First experienced symptoms2014
First Diagnosed 2015
Symptoms Fatigue, Walking (Gait), Balance, & Coordination Problems, Bowel Dysfunction, Swallowing Problems
Treatments Diet, Physical Therapy, Vitamin D

Interests

Living Well with MS Caregiver Support, Employment and education, Emotional support, Healthy living, Healthcare, Mobility and accessibility, Relationships and intimacy
Getting Involved Walk MS
Research Research news
Hobbies and other interestsWalking, writing, reading, music composition, photography, painting

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