About Me

  • Gender Female
  • Age 53
  • Relationship Married

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I started having MS symptoms in April 1994 when my right leg went to sleep then spread to my body from my chest down. My son Brandon, who is 20 now and has Aspergers Syndrome, was 10 months old at this time. I was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, OK in the Navy. This went on for a month. All test came back negative. I was transferred to the Southern Command in Panama, Dec 1996. I had a miscarriage in March 1997 and started having dizzying spells and my eyesight got real blurry in April 1997. I thought it might be MS because my mom has it and so did my uncle until he died of MS complications. My thoughts were dismissed and all blood/urine test came back negative. In September 1997 after transferring to Miami Florida, I had numbness in my right side and thought I was pregnant. I went to the VA in Miami, told them of what was going on and all my previous symptoms and that I might be pregnant. They gave me an MRI and found lesions. Pregnancy test showed I was with my daughter, who now is 15 and has child-onset Schizophrenia. With my past symptoms and MRI results I was given a MS diagnosis in September 1997. I was given a medial retirement from the NAVY and was released January 30, 2000 after serving 15 years 9 months. I moved back to Oklahoma, had my third child in Nov 2002, got my BS in Computer Science at OU May 2005, got a job at DISA September 2005, later got a job in the NWS in Riverton Wyoming in 2008. I have been a vegetarian shortly after my first child was born in June 1993. I have tried to always stay active and tried not to let my MS get me down. In 2003 my brother committed suicide and my depression got really bad. I gained a lot of weight. I tried to exercise but just could not get going. My breathing got really bad during any physical exertion. I attributed it to MS hug. I went to my Neurologist and told him the MS hug was so bad that I felt I was suffocating to death. He sent me for test and the results showed I was in early onset of COPD. I thought I was never going to be able to get in shape and resigned myself to being fat, unhappy and accept my fate. I was referred to the VA for the COPD. I was given a preliminary diagnosis. I am on the waiting list to see the VA doctor to get a definite diagnosis. The VA put me on Symbicort and Ventolin. I started taking the Symbicort. After a while I decided to see if I could jog a bit. I was very happy that my breathing was better and that I could again start jogging. I weighed myself in December 2012 and found I weighed 200 pounds, the same weight when I was 9 months pregnant with my third child. I new I had to do something about it. I asked a co-worker how she lost 40 pounds. Nutrisystem. I have been on Nutrisystem Vegetarian Core program, since December 9th. I am down to 153 pounds and am training for a 1/2 Marathon in Lander Wyoming this July 4th. I am hoping I can ward off MS/COPD for a while and get better and better with my running. I believe I should be able to complete the 1/2 marathon between 3 and 3 1/2 hours. The racing committee are going to allow me to start with the walkers, so I will be able to complete the race before the track is swept in 3 hours after the runners start. I believe a diagnosis of MS is not the end of the world. We can still fight it every step of the way and do the things we love as long as we can. I am not sure if my Vegetarian diet for the last 20 years has helped me but I have been told that I look pretty good for having MS symptoms for 19 years and a diagnosis of MS for 16 years.

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Getting Involved Walk MS, Bike MS, Challenge Walk
Hobbies and other interestsJogging, Healthy eating, spending time with my children.

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