It’s that time of the year again where my team and I are raising funds for the MS Society. This is the third year my team and I have participated in the MS walk and so far we’ve raised close to $6000!
Having lived with MS for 2.5 years now, I’ve realized this disease is still very misunderstood so I thought I’d highlight some common myths about MS, most of which were things that came to my mind when I was first diagnosed;
1) I’m too young to be diagnosed with MS
Truth is majority of people diagnosed are between the ages of 15-40
2) I would be confined to wheelchair
Although every persons journey is unique to them, this is not necessarily the norm. Thanks to medical advancements, there’s earlier detection and better treatment plans. There are now close to 15 medication options available to MS patients to help control the course of the disease.
3) I wouldn’t be able to work
Wrong! I took 1 day off after my diagnosis and was back to work. I’ve even been promoted after my diagnosis. Again every persons story is different and this might not be the case for everyone depending on the severity of their symptoms or type of career they have. I’m very fortunate to have a great support system at work.
4) I wouldn’t be able to have a family
No issues here, in fact MS can go into a remission while pregnant. There is a risk for a relapse afterwards however it’s a chance you take.
At the end of the day every MS journey is different and completely unpredictable however thanks to the medication I’ve been on I’m happy to say my MS has been under control shortly after I was diagnosed. Everyday is different and I still face fatigue or remnants of early relapses..something that will never go away. Aside from physical ailments there’s also the emotional stress of not being able to keep up to things that I used to do or want to do. Having to cancel plans or be the first to leave a party aren’t always the choices I want to make but if I don’t listen to my body, I pay for it.
Having to adjust your life to a new norm is never easy but when you don’t have a choice you just forge ahead. So help me raise money to kick MS to the curb! Any donation you are able to give is greatly appreciated!