I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 34, my symptoms began at the age of 21 or 22. I was working in a very busy restaurant, attending a four-year university and getting married. I was working about 65 hours a week, attending classes, and jogging between five and 10 miles every other day (out of frustration between job and school). It was during this time that I developed foot drop, which always appeared halfway through my run also, during this time I developed optic neritis. The eye problem was cleared up with high doses of cortisone pills and the drop foot situation came and went as I got fatigued.
My doctor at the time began putting the pieces of the puzzle together. I soon developed many numb spots in my legs and in my back. These symptoms went on for a few years until my first major exacerbation, where I spent 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital having test after test determining what I didn't have until I had a spinal puncture. All the pieces were put together and I became another person with multiple sclerosis.
I've always considered my multiple sclerosis as only an inconvenience. It took me some time to understand when one battle was lost you just move on until the next battle and so on and so on. It's been a long experience and my multiple sclerosis over the past years well we've become partners not enemies, we work together and live together.