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Meet - Marquita Talley

Virginia, USA

When were you diagnosed with MS? June 2020

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?

I woke up one morning thinking I had Vertigo, this continued for a week, so I decided to go to the ER. After a 2 night stay, 2 MRIs and a Spinal tap that took almost 3 hours, I was officially diagnosed on June 22, 2020. Initially, I thought my life was over and that all of my accomplishments were for nothing. But here I am now 2 years later, I laugh at the thought of MS stopping me. I can do any and everything, just with a little adjustment.

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

I experience fatigue, migraines, nerve pain, muscle spasms, and my legs will fall asleep at any time. I take 3 meds to manage my symptoms, but I also stretch and work out for a minimum of 30 min 3-5 days a week.

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

I would have to say myself first and foremost! I push myself and take the time to change the narrative in my own life. Secondly, my best friend is there for me rain or shine, near or far. My best friend is there to remind me that although I have MS, I am also more than capable of doing anything!

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

I started out with a rollator, then a cane. I am able to get around unassisted on most days, but when I need support with balance, I reach for my cane.

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

Seeing the progress I have made since my diagnosis, I know that with time, practice, and patience, I can achieve anything. Taking the time to share my experience brings me joy. I believe that a smile and an optimistic attitude can change a person’s day. For self-care I unplug, grab a book, or rest.

#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?

Understand that this disease doesn’t have to be all bad. Use your good days wisely so that your bad days aren’t so harsh. Put yourself first, take time for yourself, and remember that you are valued and important.

#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 anything yet, but I have a few ideas. I would love to provide self-care/pampering services to individuals who are disabled and can not use the standard equipment in most establishments.

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