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Meet - Danielle Payne

Alabama, USA

When were you diagnosed with MS? November 2005

What type of MS do you have? Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)

#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?

MS has shown me the meaning of the phrase “Ignorance is Bliss”. Before I was diagnosed with MS, I didn't know what it was, so I wasn't afraid. I asked my doctor “Is MS fatal and she replied ‘You can live a normal lifespan’. I took that & ran with it! I learned as much as possible and I continue to learn, because learning is on-going. I went into adulthood with a medical prognosis that can be perceived as dismal. I was fortunate to take a Mindfulness course as an elective and I still practice it today. This knowledge has given me the power of understanding. I have learned to observe my well-being and even create a peace of mind.

#2: What MS symptoms do you have and how do you manage them on a daily basis?

I have been facing some health challenges such as brain fog, weakness in my legs, and neuropathy in my left arm and leg. To address these issues, I have been using some supplements and focusing on my diet. Additionally, I have been doing exercises like yoga to strengthen my legs, taking cold showers, and using CBD to manage my neuropathy.

#3: Who/What has been your most important support system?

My most important support system has been my family, fiancé, and friends.

#4: Do you use any accessories like canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to manage daily activities?

Yes...I use a Rollator or Scooter to help manage my daily activities.

#5: How do you stay positive and motivated in your daily life? What do you do for self-care?

To maintain a positive outlook on life, I find humor in everyday things like books, media, and conversations. I also practice meditation, prayer, and study scripture to stay grounded. In terms of self-care, I listen to music and visit my favorite nature preserve or other outdoor spaces nearby. I also make time to visit the salon for my hair care needs.

#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?

For old and new Warriors, just know that there is a worldwide community of caring and knowledgeable professionals and volunteers who are ready to offer you help and support. Don't hesitate to reach out and ask for help, whether it's for information, physical assistance, or anything else you may need. Remember, you are not alone and there are people who genuinely care.

#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?

No. Although I don't have a specific mission or business, I make it a point to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

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