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Meet - Jessica White

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Michigan, USA

When were you diagnosed with MS? December 1992

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?

At the age of 15, I received the diagnosis of MS, which came as a shock and left me feeling like my life was over. Since I was not yet 18 at the time, medication was not an option. So, I relied on diet and exercise as my main form of treatment. Here I am, 30 years later and I can confidently say that my life was not over! In fact, I have accomplished many of my goals. Most Importantly, being a mother to three wonderful girls is my greatest accomplishment.

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

My most common symptom is muscle weakness. Nowadays. I cruise around in my wheelchair.

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

I am grateful to "God" for always being there for me, and my parents are my biggest supporters here on Earth. They were there for me from the beginning, through the middle, and never thinking about the end. Although they might not be with me physically, they will always hold a special place in my heart.

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

I have used them all. But today, I use a wheelchair.

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

I have a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. He takes on all my troubles and trials.

#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?

You may feel like your life is over. It’s not! We can live a fun, productive, peaceful life with MS. Never feel like you are your diagnosis. Be the design God made you to be!

#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?

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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