New Jersey, USA
When were you diagnosed with MS? 2000
What type of MS do you have? Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS)
#1: Can you tell us a little about your journey with MS. How did you feel about your initial diagnosis and how it has affected your life?
I was diagnosed with MS in 2000, when the only treatments were injections. Which, I was totally scared of by the way. I was fine until 2006, when I noticed couldn't walk without leaning on something. I ultimately, had to resign from the job that I loved. I was working with disabled children who couldn't walk well for the board of education. I was very depressed. I remember just breaking down; because, my whole life changed. I had two children and a husband and it wasn't easy at all. I tried a couple of MS medicines and I finally found the right one for me...thank God! However, now I have secondary MS. I can still walk with a walker around the house and in the yard. But, I can't walk for long distances. I use a scooter when I go shopping. Seems like I'm more depressed these days; but, my faith in our Lord Jesus Christ keeps me going. So don't give up...MS warriors!
#2: What MS symptoms do you have and how do you manage them on a daily basis?
Currently, I am experiencing significant bladder issues, which require medication to control, as well as frequent eye discomfort. I also suffer from occasional blurry vision, uncontrollable laughter, unexplained nausea, depression, and headaches.
#3: Who/What has been your most important support system?
My primary sources of support are my church friends, neighbors, children, MS groups, and my MS app communities.
#4: Do you use any accessories like canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to manage daily activities?
Most often, I use a walker, wheelchair, and scooter. I usually use my walker in the house. My wheelchair when go to small places where my scooter doesn't fit. I also use my scooter for parks, malls, and church.
#5: How do you stay positive and motivated in your daily life? What do you do for self-care?
Trusting in God keeps me positive and motivated. I read the bible and attend church. I also receive support from family and friends too!
#6: Your story and experiences with MS are incredibly valuable and can provide encouragement and motivation to others in the community. What words of advice or encouragement would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed with MS or going through a challenging time right now?
My advice to anyone recently diagnosed with MS would be to begin treatment promptly, because, it can be extremely beneficial. It is also crucial to maintain faith and not give up.
#7: Have you started a business or mission related to MS? Can you tell us about it and what inspired you to take this step?
I haven't started a business or mission related to MS. However, anything is possible, in the future!
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