I started having numbness in my hands while I was pregnant with my son. My MRI late in my pregnancy came up negative for MS (wrong area was scanned). I wasn't even told that the MD was considering MS. Two years later I was diagnosed after months of difficulty walking, loss of balance, falling, fatigue. One day I couldn't get out of the shower and had to crawl to the phone to call for help. I was sent for another MRI and MD told me on the phone that I had MS. I started on Avonex after 5 days of steroids and felt back to normal, Until I realized I was having flu like symptoms/ depression from the Avonex. So I stopped. And got rid of my MD. I started on Copaxone months later at my NEW MD's request.
My biggest challenge is juggling motherhood and work. Not sure how long I can keep up both, but not sure about going on disability either.
My hope is to be able to give my husband and kids as much love and attention as I can. I pray that God allows me to raise my kids and be able to keep up with them until they're ready to leave home.
I would tell somebody with MS that you're not being punished and to not be so hard on yourself. Look for ways to help and be supportive of others. Take your mind off your own problems. Be a giver, not a taker. Don't isolate yourself. Trust God in all you do.