I am a 28 yr old mom of four kids. I live in Olympia, WA. I got married in 1997 when I was 17 and my son was born right before my 18th birthday (which was when i had my first relapse but we didnt know it then). I had two more daughters with my husband before we divorced in 2004. in 2005 i got pregnant again and march 2006 i had another baby girl. not even 24 hours later i knew something was wrong because i was having a hard time walking. So i guess you could say that today march 28 marks the 3rd anniversary of knowing i had something wrong with me. that thing being MS.
I was born into a family where my grandma had 3 boys and 3 girls. My family has somewhat twisted up the statistics of MS. All three of my uncles have MS. my mom and aunts don't have any health problems at all, nor do any of my cousins. I seem to be the only one. After i ended up into some good hands and me and the docs did some research and all the good tests, seems my mom sat on her butt and while i had mono at 15 i had a 105 temp for a week too long. that kicked in the MS. My first relapse was after i had my son who was born at 31 weeks. I had spent 3 weeks in labor while a bunch of amatuer docs and nurses tried to figure out what to do with me (i had real good contractions but not dialating). I had a hard time physically for about 2 months after that but was contributed to the drugs they had me on. I did great after that. Went to school 3.7 gpa, had a few jobs. Sharp as a nail. Even did my own divorce, my own taxes, others taxes. I had a few points where I would be tired more then usual but depression ran in my family and was just thankful that my father wasnt bi-polar like my sister's and i wouldn't ever have to worry about dealing with it. Even though my mom was a handful and you had to tip toe around her (should have put two and two together back then the way she acted). When I had my now 3 yr old though everything changed. before she was born i had everything lined up to go back to work and go back to school. unlike my mom i was determined NOT to live off welfare and whatnot. I didnt even make it through the first qtr. I loved computers and data entry. So I did data entry for the state archives inputing old marriage certificates into the computer so they could be accessed online for geneology purposes. It was great, and interesting i love that kind of stuff (hung around my grandma too much maybe ) At first i thought i was overly tired falling asleep at the computer, you know new baby, midnight feedings. thought maybe the classes i was taking were too demanding (over half the class dropped out the first day). Then I realized it was more then that when being in front of the computer was making me sick along with passing out (wasnt falling asleep, just didnt feel right ). The dr's told me if i didnt quit working and stop going to school it was going to get worse. And if i didnt, they were going to call themselves. So I stopped going that qtr. Tried going the next. Made it 2 weeks. Havent gone back since. I used to be a 3.7 gpa college student with less then 1 yr til i graduate with my business admin degree. I now can't even add 345, 287, 497 without being some high amount off. last time i tried my checking account went into the red by over $100. I know I am not the only one who goes through this, but one my side of the computer, no one over here, understands. If you do, please feel free to get ahold of me.