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Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. Every day three more Canadians are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable illness that affects vision, balance, memory, mobility, and more. We don’t know what causes MS and currently there is no cure.
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On August 23rd, 2017 I was diagnosed with Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS), the first neurological episode of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS occurs when your autoimmune system attacks your central nervous system. All of your nerves are coated with a protective fatty tissue called the myelin sheath. When your autoimmune system attacks the myelin sheath reaching down to the nerve, you may see symptoms. These symptoms may appear for a short time, a long time, come and go, or never go away.
My symptoms began on August 11th, 2017. I experienced benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), nausea, vomiting, headaches, unilateral optic neuritis, vision impairment, reduced eye movement, and extreme fatigue. Luckily, the majority of my symptoms have dissipated and I am on medication for the remaining.
I had a MRI on my brain and c-spine with dye injections in my bloodstream on August 22nd, 2017, which showed that I had over 16 lesions (scars on my myelin sheath) and white space on my brain, with the majority of them found on my cerebellum, explaining the severe vertigo that I experienced.
Since being diagnosed, I have made numerous changes in my life including quitting two of my three jobs. I worked at the Whitehorse Lions Aquatics Centre for over ten years, and although my role there changed numerous times, I never had the guts to fully resign. I also worked as a First Aid Instructor at the Yukon College with the Canadian Red Cross; first aid is something that I am familiar with, and passionate about. I began doin gYoga in August 2017 in Whitheorse and in Carcross. I’ve been using a variety of essential oils and have made changes to my diet. Lastly, I have made it my number one priority to focus on health and visit various types of doctors to help me in my journey.
I have a fantastic support system from my family, and close friends for which I am forever grateful. I also have a fantastic medical team behind me and my family doctor has donated numerous hours of her personal time to help me through this maze.
All that being said, I am positive, and will remain positive, that this disease does not, and will not, own me. I’m a fighter and a hell of a good one, so bring it on. Lastly, for those who may have trouble understanding how I can say that I am remaining positive, I want you to think about this: you can't live a positive life with a negative mind.
Update: On February 5th, 2018 I had a follow up MRI and blood work to monitor my CIS. The results were that everything is the same except one lesion has actually improved, which was the best possible outcome.
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