I probably had MS starting in my teens, but I was too busy to pay attention to any early symptoms and I was fortunate they weren't so bad I could ignore them. About the time I turned 29 things happened that were very stressful and my body responded. Right away I went to a dr. when I woke up with vertigo and a pinging in my hand. He quickly told me he thought I had a brain tumor or MS. I was shocked, I barely had ever been sick and certainly never had I been treated for anything more serious than a broken bone. I started treatment with Copaxone right away and have been on it for 15 years. Most of the time I feel fine. Probably my biggest issues are swollen nodes from the medication and the skin damage from shooting myself for 15 years. To someone new to MS I guess I would tell you that it isn't great, but people everywhere have some sort of problem. This is ours and it is manageable. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer.