I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, NY, where I currently reside. I retired from employment in 1996 due to MS. In 1996, I also completed my college education and my official divorce came through. I tutored as a volunteer at the East Harlem Tutorial Center from Ocotber 9, 1999 to January 9, 2012. The traveling finally caught up with me. On Nov 16, 2010, I was presented with an award for being a local hero by BankAmerica Neighborhood Program. Starting September 27, 2011, I am a volunteer tutor to two second graders twice a week at a local elementary school.
In 1987, I was diagnosed with acute MS. In 1991, I started on Betaseron. Also in that year, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Every summer since my MS diagnosis, I relapsed. In 1995, I had a major exacerbation where I could barely walk. After a week, I was basically okay but had to wait a month until my double vision cleared up. I switched medication to Avonex. My summer exacerbations continued and rarely took my medication due to the painful effects of taking it. During the last two semesters of college, my left hand and then my arm were tremoring. I ignored it since I wanted to finsih school. In 2000, I received a brain implant to control the arm. Not only did it control my arm but also my left leg and left foot. In preparation for a colonoscopy in 2006, I had to have the device shut off. I felt fine after it was shut off and in fact, never had it turned on since. I attempted suicide in 1998 as my general practioner suggested I was taking too many pills. So I started cutting back on the prozac. Bad mistake. I attempted to take an overdose of trazodone. I had two shock therapies that has helped me a great deal. In 2004, I was diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder and hydronephrosis. Since, my hydronephrosis is under control but I can only urinate using a catheter. In the same year, I switched neurologists where I went to one who specializes in MS. He has me on Rebif and I have NOT had physical exacerbations since. During January 2008, I had emergency surgery to remove my gall bladder (non-MS occurence). I have also lost teeth between 2005-2009 as I am wearing two partial dentures.
Jul 20, 2011
Dec 04, 2013