I was diagnosed with MS after an MRI and LP in early fall of 2001 when my
son was 10 months old. Looking back we realized I had symptoms that were
missed by MD's for about 4-5 years. It doesn't help to look back at and be mad,
frustrated or any other negative emotion I experienced. Life happens and
Medicine is not perfect. I know I should thank God more often than I do for those
who have worked to find a cure for MS, and other diseases. I am thankful that I
am now taking a pill daily with no side effects that is a disease modifying drug
My biggest challenge is walking without tripping or falling from an outward
appearance, and pacing myself. Another challenge is having my kids
understand that my pace is different then theirs and that it's okay. My hope and
dream is to be a part of my husband and children's lives as long as God allows
which with my genes should be another 40-50 years.
What I tell to people newly diagnosed or family or friends of someone?
" I've had MS for more than 15 years and it doesn't have me. I'm thankful that I
am the only family member ever diagnosed with this disease and I'd rather it be
me than any of my large extended family. Do not believe