I was diagnosed with MS in 2007, which also comes with a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy when I was nine years old (yes, I have both). I have had every relapse pertaining to MS - Double Vision, Blurriness, Optic Neuritis twice in my left eye and once in my right eye, Bell Palsy twice, numbness all over (I was diagnosed with numbness from my mid-stomach down), Dizziness, Cognitive Difficulties, Memory Loss, Difficulty Swallowing Speech Problems, Pain, Fatigue as well as Insomnia, and more. I used to be on Avonex and after multiple relapses, I was put on Tysabri. I have a port because it was taking anywhere between 3-9 times trying to get my veins each month. I have not had a full relapse since December 2010, but still suffer from symptoms daily. I have two amazing children and a wonderful fiance who support me in every way and are my solid rock. I used to be a special education teacher and the stress of teaching with MS really got to me. In 2016, I went back to school for Massage Therapy because I want to help other people who have MS, as it has helped me, and I want to give back to a community that I've been a part of for the majority of my adult life. I love meeting new people and going on adventures. I try to remain active as much as possible. I have two favorite quotes - "Smile, it's the most beautiful thing you will ever wear." (Seen on a Starbucks sign and I think smiling gets me through a lot of things; and "You have survived 100% of everything you have been through so far, and even if you don't you won't know it so enjoy life as much as possible (Anonymous). To my fellow MSers - you are not alone, and there is always someone who has been where you are or experienced some of what you are going through. Never be afraid to talk to someone or ask for help. Some of my greatest friends I have met during MS Infusions.
PS: I have tried to turn my profile picture every direction, and have tried using other pictures. For some reason my picture is showing up sideways. I guess it is just as unique as my personality!