Diagnosed At 15

I was 13 when I started showing symptoms of MS. My hands were trembling, I couldn't remember things very well, subtle things like that. But the big sign was when I got optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve) in my left eye at the age of 14. I had an MRI and four lesions popped up on the scan. My doctor said it was nothing. I could tell it wasn't nothing. Bright lesions aren't on a normal brain. A year went by and almost to the day, I got optic neuritis again. I had another MRI and this time, there were tons of lesions. My brain looked like a dalmatian in negative. I was only 15, and I was getting diagnosed with a disease they didn't see often in children.

Two months later, they sent a lady over to my house with a needle and showed me how to use Copaxone. I was to take it every day. Thankfully, I was a very optimistic child and I only saw good from this. I didn't let anything get me down and I got to go to a camp every summer. I only missed it this last year.

Honestly, I've had more positive things come out of this diagnosis than bad. I get sick a lot, yeah, and some days I don't want to get out of bed, but I've met a lot of great people. If I didn't have this disease, I wouldn't know them. I've been able to travel across the country to an amazing place for free, and do a lot of wonderful activities that I would have never been able to do if I had been "normal".

I may have MS, but MS doesn't have me. :)
ComatoseCricket ComatoseCricket
18-21, F
Sep 20, 2012