About Me

  • Gender Female
  • Age 39
  • Relationship Married

My Story 2 Appreciate this

I was always good at writing stories, so here's mine. It started back when I was a tour guide for a candy company. It was summertime and it was busy. One day I was waiting for a tour and I lost strength in my legs. CAT scan done, nothing found, back to work in a week. Seven years later I had a disagreement with my mother while recovering from surgery. Again, my legs gave out from underneath me and I couldn't stand. Another CAT scan, nothing was found wrong, both episodes chalked up to stress and I was off and running starting a job as a crossing guard. 5 months later numbness started in my left foot, then crept into my right foot, then crawled up my legs within months. Over a year and 3 doctors later there was still no answer until I collapsed again. 5 days in the hospital and 3 MRI scans later, preliminary MS was diagnosed; 1 month later, confirmed. My biggest challenges are work and telling people that I have MS. I've always been seen as a strong-willed, tough little scrapper. Now to have a disease that will make me weak without notice, slow me down at work, is daunting and scary. I love to work and I'm just starting in my career as a pharmacy tech. I hope this disease won't sideline me before I start. How can I tell people when I worry what they'll think? I want a family, but I also know treatment and pregnancy don't mix. I want to travel with my husband, but navigating the world with numbed feet may be a problem. I also want to serve a mission for my church, but I don't want MS to keep me from doing that. If I met someone that was newly diagnosed, I think I would say, with all honesty,"I know how you feel. Scared, alone, confused, uncertain...I'm there with you. I don't know what our futures will bring, but we can face it as friends."

Interests

Living Well with MS Employment and education, Emotional support, Healthy living, Insurance and money matters, Healthcare, Relationships and intimacy
Getting Involved Walk MS, MuckFest MS
Research Research news
Hobbies and other interestsbaking, reading, travel, video games, writing, photography, crafts, singing

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