• 8 months ago

    March is MS Awareness Month

    Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves, and disrupts communication between the brain and the body. Someone with MS may experience weakness in an arm or leg, numbness, loss of balance, and muscle spasms, but the severity of these symptoms are unique to the individual.

    Let’s stand with the more than 400,000 Americans living with MS. We are stronger together. Raising awareness, providing support, and sharing your stories does make a difference.

    Share your MS story: What’s it really like to live with MS? How long have you been living with the disease?

    Learn more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and other facts about MS here: http://wb.md/2mabkwy


  • 8 months ago

    RE: March is MS Awareness Month

    My journey began in 1989, just weeks after my first child was born. I woke up one morning incredibly dizzy and sick to my stomach. For 3 or more days, I laid on the floor of my living room with a blanket, a pillow and my newborn beside me. The only times I got up were to throw up and use the washroom and my body kept leaning into the wall while negotiating the hallway. I brought it up with my doctor at my sons 6-week checkup and by then my symptoms seemed to have passed. The words "multiple sclerosis" was only a suggestion and my life as a new mom went on. Fast forward 11 months later when I mysteriously lost the sight in my right eye over a couple of days and dealt with severe pain from the optic neuritis. I regained some of the sight after 2-3 months on steroids but experienced many other kinds of relapses over the next decade. I refrained from going on 1 of 4 medications for MS at the time because I didn't fully understand my out of pocket expense correctly. Finally after speaking with an MS Nurse during my appointment with the Neurologist, I began treatment using Copaxone in July 2000. Although I developed ongoing issues with brain fog, bladder hesitency and some muscle weaknesses at times, I have been been relapse free since commencing with Copaxone and continue to give myself the daily injections at this time. I have administered approximately 6000 injections to date and I am filled with gratitude that this drug has given me a relatively normal life in the last 16 1/2 years. The slowed thinking and regular use of catheters is my new normal. Regular time at the gym since 2004 has allowed me to equalize my muscle strength on both sides of my body and a weight of 114 lbs at age 57 keeps me going strong. Copaxone forever :-)