I am a 64 year young widow with Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
I retired from Western Michigan University in September 1990 on Disability due to complications from this disease.
I have two living sons and lost my youngest son in 2008.
I have seven grandchildren and a lot of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren who I enjoy very much.
I enjoy touring the country-side and looking at the scenic vistas Northeast Tennessee has to offer.
The first symptoms of MS were almost not recognizable. The dropping of things, the awkward movements of my body were there but had been there for a long time.
The first medical professional who suggested the possibility was on Optometrist in 1981.
The first strong symptoms were falling or standing up and there was nothing there to stand on. I couldn't "feel" my right foot and leg.
The diagnostic procedures at that time were barbaric at best.
The worse experience I had was a doctor who decided he could do an LP on me himself with no guidance. The procedure was horrendous and caused permanent damage to some nerves in my lower lumbar spine. That was in September 1987.
Now it is the cognitive dysfunction that haunts the most.
I have learned to listen to my body and rest when I need to.
Learn the Medical "Jargon" and learn what everything means and how it pertains to you. Get copies of all lab reports and make sure you understand them.
Don't let the Medical Professionals "Patronize" you.