About Me

  • Gender Female
  • Age 54
  • Relationship Single

My Story 0 Appreciate this

I'm a Patient, I'm a Caretaker I'm a Poet, I'm a Nurturer I'm a daughter, I'm a Mother But most of all I'm Blessed by my Creator Despite MS trying to become my best friend forever! Having MS has changed me from good to better!! I've always taken care of myself, since I was 18, so yeah I'm frightfully independent. I've always followed my own beat, I was into eating healthy, before living a healthy lifestyle became a fashion statement, so when MS came to visit not too long after I had my Saving Grace, my son Aiden, in 2003, needless to say I went into total denial! At first I blamed all my symptoms on Stress, I had a lot on my plate, (rebellious teen, infant son) living at family, for them to save Face. The Gait issues, my Cognitive problems, the Fatigue, eye pain, Depression...I blamed it all on Stress & this was 2004, but because of my pain, the leaden Leg, & Balance issues, I begun PT, still not much progress so my PCP sent me to a Neurologist 6/04 after the first MRI...he said it looked like MS..I looked at him like he mad. Come 2005, Depression hit, I gave up, and went back to my country,Trinidad, Depression  & Stress tagging along like flea on a dog's back. I couldn't stand the heat, and this weird headache ride me for days...still I wasn't coming back, but I got a letter for my apartment, and with a lot of regret I returned after, almost 3 mths, right smack into madness. MS reared its ugly head, I ret. to the Neuro, he scheduled another MRI & a Spinal Tap in August/September 05! Results: RRMS Treatment recommended: AVONEX My Reaction: Instant uncontrollable weeping, Depression, Denial, Anger! I left, that office and never went back until two days ago. Over the years, I've fought with Depression mostly, every time I thought of MS I would hit a mental block, then having to be strong for my sons, especially my Saving Grace, who has his own medical Challenges as an Infant Stroke Survivor, I couldn't allow MS too close. Finally, though, I had to face this Magnificent MS, & this is my time to do that. My son is balanced & enjoying a near to normal life, because of my healthy dietary choices for him & myself, so I too can finally Face all the intricacies of my condition. So Bring it MS! I'm not afraid of you anymore! You came like a Tsunami & turned my life topsy turvy! But instead of drowning, I learned to swim, & today I'm healthier than I ever was before! Thank you MS for Inspiring me to Appreciate me More! Bless ifaab48

My MS

Type of MS Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)
First experienced symptoms2003
First Diagnosed 2005
Symptoms Numbness, Bladder Dysfunction, Pain, Cognitive Dysfunction, Emotional Changes, Depression, Spasticity
Treatments Diet, Exercise, Physical Therapy

Interests

Living Well with MS Caregiver Support, Employment and education, Emotional support, Healthy living, Parenting
Getting Involved Do It Yourself Fundraising, Advocacy
Hobbies and other interestsDesigning & Baking Healthy Nutritious Treats, Writing Poetry, Reading, Dancing, Wearing High Heels, Meeeting People

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