I am a former Public Health Nurse, disabled from MS. I avidly enjoy photography and digital art as "Art Therapy". The majority of my photograpy centers around nature and wildlife. My husband and I are life long motorcyclists and enjoy riding the scenic back rods of the Midwest. Although I am limited to passenger status only at this point, I still am to enjoy being in the wind. I was dx'd in 2000..and it has been quite the roller coaster ride since. I seem to average two relapses each year..one in spring and one in fall.
I live in a rural farming community that makes long trips to the St. Louis area a requirement for me to recieve the best care. A trip to the treatment center for the Tysabri infusions, or to visit the doctor is usually a very fatiguing all day process, with much driving. However I would not ever consider leaving the rural area we live in. I particularly enjoy spending as much time as possible in the forests and the fields documenting with my camera the beauty around us. I also enjoy a great many outdoor sports such as fishing, hiking, wild gathering of plants and mushrooms, and wild crafting.
Although it has been 8 years since my diagnosis, and five since I have become permanently disabled I still fight every day and push forward. I feel at times that I still have not fully accepted that I have MS and all that it entails, and in fact many days..am still very angry that my body has had the audacity to betray me.
I am learning better disease mangemnt techniques so that I can can have the best possible day each day, and how to live with MS instead of the constant battle against it.