I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on December 23rd 2007. I spend the next three morning receiving a Corticosteroid treatment. I had paralysed on the right side of my face, I was having severe vertigo with nausea, I had double vision with a bobbing eye and fatigue. What a way to celebrate Christmas!
As a teenager, I was volunteering to feed Carole who had progressive MS. My mom and my two sisters were also feeding people with MS. When I moved to British Columbia in 1993, I decided to do more to help people with MS and I rode in four MS Bike Tours.
Being an active person, I was mountain biking and hiking on a regular basis. My severe episode of MS and diagnosis in 2007 changed my life. Looking back, I had symptoms the summer before but I was not able to link it to anything. My eyes were moving involuntarely from right to left, I had vertigo with nausea and terrible migraines once to twice a month.
When I was diagnosed, I had three months of double vision with severe anxiety. The anxiety is part of my life every day and so is fatigue, nerve pain, trigeminal neuralgia, vertigo & nausea and headaches/migraines. Nothing is visible but it is there and it is making life difficult. I am somewhat lucky that I am fully mobile and that I have a great husband who supports me. I now go for smaller hikes on the mountain, walks in nature, yoga classes, riding my bike and swimming on days when I am physically able.
I am riding the short route on Saturday at the Fraser Valley MS Bike Tour so a cure can be found and to ensure that people with MS have the support they need (it can be legal aid, help filling out paperwork, financial help, etc.). We need a quality of life and we need to know that we can get up the next morning and feel good. Please help me reach my goal to support the research to end MS.