I was officially diagnosed with RRMS in December 2017 after I had paralysis on the right side of my throat in November. It took me a few months to eat steak again. It tasted pretty darn good! Prior I had other signs such as vertigo, heavy leg, numbness, brain fog, fatigue, shakey vision and temperature sensitivity in my foot. An MRI in 2008 and 2017 confirmed my diagnoses and in my heart I knew what it was once it affected my throat. I started daily injections of a Disease Modifying Drug. This is to stop the disease from advancing or delaying the onset of secondary progressive form of MS. So yes... I want a cure and further research advancements for all my warrior friends!
You will notice Bella, the donkey in my picture. After being diagnosed I bought "another" mini van and a fancy pair of shoes to fill a void. These items didn't work to satisfy the diagnoses void or feeling of "losing" myself. Therefore, I bought "my son" a mini donkey named Bella. She ended up sidetracking me which has allowed to move myself forward. Donkeys are stoic animals that do not show their pain until it is extreme or uncomfortable which is very similiar to an MS warrior.
As I speak to other MS patients... I realize how normal these various symptoms are. MS Society brings us all together. The following resources are ones I have used: monthly conference calls, mailouts of information, a seminar in City Hospital, WAMS, MS Connects Seminar, and Support Groups.
In closing, everyday is a good day! Get up, get moving, just do something...you will energize yourself to do more just by doing one thing. Thank you in advance for joining the fight to end MS.