Hi there! I'm a mother of two wonderful daughters, ages 23 and 19. My youngest is away at college so now it is me and child #3-Trixie Belle my yorkie. I was diagnosed with MS in Oct 2000. I have been through more in the past 10 yrs then I ever dreamed possible. My life went from go go go to a dead stop. I have been as low as one can go, but have always managed to get back up. One of the best things for anyone is your support team, surround yourself with people you trust. You have to stay positive. Attitude is everything. Don't be afraid to reach out to people and never stop learning about MS.
I was diagnosed with MS in Oct 2000. It hit me hard and fast. I woke up one day and couldn't walk, go to the bathroom, or use my hands without them going numb and hurting. I spent 6 weeks in the hospital having every kind of test there is. I was a Pediatric physicians assistant for 10 years, but I didn't even know what MS was. I do now! I feel like I was one of the lucky ones. My Dr's didn't stop when the answer wasn't easy to find. They wanted an answer as badly as I did. I was dealing with terrible back and neck problems at the same time and had both operated on about a month after my diagnosis. My spinal tap and MRI helped my Dr's to diagnose my MS and start me on treatments right away. I didn't respond to shots and my MS continued to progress. I have been on Novantrone IV Chemotherapy and it has turned my life around. I was out of options so the possible side effects were worth the risk to me. I have learned not to sweat the small stuff and I have had to learn to let others help me with things. I now have diabetes and CHF all do to my sedentary lifestyle. I get depressed when I look at photos of myself before MS. I miss my old life, but I trust that God has his reasons for the Path my life has taken. I know I am a much stronger person now and I have learned to never take life for granted. I count my blessings and try not to dwell on my problems.
Jun 27, 2009
Aug 15, 2013