About Me

  • Gender Male
  • Age 27
  • Relationship Single

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MS probably began affecting my life right after high school, when I first began to lose my balance on little things. I was a little over weight, so my mind probably assumed it to that. I knew what I wanted to do, and I figured that by enlisting with the Air Force, my balance would improve while I lost weight. But a few years went by, and before I knew it, I was only a few pounds shy now for enlisting. This would be around may 2012 when I decided to get a membership to a gym as well as using the insanity workout. BIG mistake. I finished one month of insanity before I decided to just go to the gym. Another couple of weeks passed by when I had my first major fall. Everyone here knows what fall I'm talking about: the one where you're doing something, and for one reason or another, you're on the floor. Nothing hurt, so I checked out both of my ankles, as well as the muscles in my legs before I let my body rest for a few days. It didn't get better, but being a guy also brings bring prideful. I shrugged off my slowly worsening limp as being just a workout injury, telling my family, friends, and coworkers that it would heal if I just rested up. But my mother wouldn't have that. She noticed that I would walk next to the walls, park as close as I could to wherever I was going, and she even noticed when I would pause before walking over a curb. Needless to say a tour of doctors soon followed. The family doctor was first, followed by an orthopedist, then a sports doctor specializing in foot injuries, but they didn't have the right answer. I received a sports brace, which helped, but now I was dragging my foot on the floor. We finally went to see a neurologist. He tested my nerves, sent me for a spinal tap, and finally the MRI. My mom, being as she is, was looking all over the Internet for the answer. I remember what she said. "You might have multiple scoliosis, " and I almost laughed. I wanted to tell her that I passed that test in school, but my mind knew better. I knew she meant multiple sclerosis, and I knew she was right. We received the news December 4th, and I knew that I would not be able to join any branch. It was a hollow Christmas for me, but my mind was working out its new plan. I loved writing, and my hand rekindled its relationship with the pen. I decided that if I couldn't enlist, I would write books, and eventually, after they get published, I want to show the world that when one door closes, another one has opened; you just have to find it. Eventually, I would love to create an organization that helps people with MS achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small. I joined this community because my mind and my heart still don't agree that I have MS, and the people that I know don't really understand what it is like. I don't want sympathy/empathy/pity, I want understanding. They try, but having MS is like coming back from war; you can't understand it if you haven't experienced it.

My MS

Type of MS Newly Diagnosed with MS
First experienced symptoms2012
First Diagnosed 2012
Symptoms Fatigue, Numbness, Walking (Gait), Balance, & Coordination Problems, Vision Problems, Dizziness and Vertigo, Headache
Treatments Ampyra, Rebif

Interests

Living Well with MS Employment and education, Healthy living, Insurance and money matters, Healthcare, Relationships and intimacy
Getting Involved MuckFest MS, Volunteering
Research Research news
Hobbies and other interestswriting

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