When were you diagnosed with MS? 2012
What type of MS do you have? Primary Progressive MS (PPMS)
#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?
Perhaps my journey with MS is similar to most, or maybe not. Regardless, I'm not afraid to share my truth. Multiple sclerosis has had a significant impact on my life, and I'd like to share a few specific ways. For instance, my daily life is affected by my struggle with incontinence, and although I can walk independently, it's at a slow pace.
#2: What MS symptoms do you have and how do you manage them on a daily basis?
I manage my symptoms by staying calm and meditating. I also, take meds like Ampyra and Tecfidera (Dimethyl Fumarate).
#3: Who/What has been your most important support system?
My family and friends are crucial pillars of support for me. They are always there to lend a helping hand. Frankly speaking, I would have given up without their presence in my life.
#4: Do you use any accessories like canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to manage daily activities?
When I go out, I use a cane and a walker.
#5: How do you stay positive and motivated in your daily life? What do you do for self-care?
Despite any challenges I face, I maintain a positive outlook on life. To take care of myself, I typically enjoy taking a warm bath or shower, as well as spending quality time with my family.
#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 would be to avoid getting mad and prioritize reducing stress levels. It's crucial to set aside some time to meditate and unwind, even if it's only for 5 minutes. Additionally, it's important to maintain a comfortable temperature during the different seasons - stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
#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. When I was diagnosed with this condition a decade ago, it wasn't well recognized by many people. Therefore, I strive to provide advice and increase awareness whenever possible.
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