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Living Life

Five years and counting... I did change careers, but decided to go back to school. I get tired and have days I don't want to get out of bed. I am not different than any other MS patient. But I am lucky in the sense that I started doing something about it right away and also decided I was going to live me life to the fullest. Sometimes wondering "why" just doesn't fix anything, so I stopped. Now I ask What? What can I do and what can't I do? I have learned there isn't alot I can't do... it just might take me a little longer. I may not run a marathon, but I can walk in a charity race. I may no climb mountains anymore, but I can still go for a hike. I just have to live and love life!

dolphin328 dolphin328 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 15, 2009

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To answer you... true, true true... I woke up 5 years ago not able to see out my right eye. After test I got the word... today... I see just fine, but I tire easily. I get around GREAT! I even go to work full time! And go to school! But Yes, I have issues now and then, I take my meds and try to avoid the heat. The big thing... I try not to push the limits too much. I have been lucky, and I know that. My attack let me know that life is precious and I am enjoying it.

I wanted to identify MS before commenting, so now I kinda understand what it is. Question is where are you at this point. You sure are brave to handle it. According to the Wikipedia encyclopedia: Multiple sclerosis can cause a variety of symptoms, including paranoid delusions, changes in sensation (hypoesthesia), muscle weakness, abnormal muscle spasms, or difficulty moving; difficulties with coordination and balance; problems in speech (Dysarthria) or swallowing (Dysphagia), visual problems (Nystagmus, optic neuritis, or diplopia), fatigue and acute or chronic pain syndromes, bladder and bowel difficulties, cognitive impairment, or emotional symptomatology (mainly major depression). The main clinical measure of disability progression and severity of the symptoms is the Expanded Disability Status Scale or EDSS.[1]<br />
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The initial attacks are often transient, mild (or asymptomatic), and self-limited. They often do not prompt a health care visit and sometimes are only identified in retrospect once the diagnosis has been made based on further attacks.

More power to you, hon!!! Keep your chin up spirit up, there is nothing you can't do. Love, Bonnie