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Meet - Tracie Boysel

Oklahoma, USA

When were you diagnosed with MS? April 2010

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 was devastated and SHOCKED. Hearing you have "Multiple Sclerosis" from my doctor wasn't exactly the words I wanted to hear. The things I used to do, I struggle to do today. I miss the life I had before MS took over.

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

Foot drop was my first symptom. Some days are easy and other days not so much. Because I have foot drop, I've stopped driving due to the weakness in my leg. I'm also dealing with tremors in my right arm, fatigue, and Optic Neuritis in my right eye. The list goes on and on. I try to manage these symptoms the best I can and I rely on my husband a lot to help me.

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

My greatest sources of support are my husband and my family. My husband is my backbone! They have been behind me 100% through this life-changing disease. As well as, the MS Support groups that I am apart of too. The love and support we all have for each other is endless!

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

I use a cane when I'm out and about with my husband. When I'm at home...I'm a wall hugger.

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

I rely on my Faith in Lord! Even though I struggle day to day, I'm still alive! Multiple Sclerosis is not a death sentence. I just try to do my best, adjust to the challenges and do what I can.

#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?

Don't give up...KEEP GOING! There are so many resources out there to help you. Find a neurologist and stay in contact with them. Find a support group to be a part of too. Being apart of a support group gives you the feeling that you are not alone. Be sure to tell your family and friends about the diagnosis too. Having their support helps too.

#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, not at this time.

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