When A Friend Got Ms...

Last summer, one of my best friends was diagnosed with MS. He shared the news with me amongst sobs and dry heaves. Have you ever seen a grown man cry? It's the most heartbreaking sight...I was at a complete loss of words and felt helpless.

He struggled with it and took a semester off school. But then came this inner strength in him I had never witnessed before. He told me that his perspective changed when he realized that MS is not a death sentence. With careful and controlled management of his life, he's vowed to go to Law School and leave his mark on this world, just as he planned to. He said reading the book, Tuesdays With Morrie, helped him immensely. And honestly, he's more alive and energetic than I've ever seen him.

lovelyssm lovelyssm
22-25, M
11 Responses Mar 14, 2010

It takes each of us a period of grieving and ultimate acceptance before we can come around again. I still have some friends i don't contact because they will never understand the new me. I am glad you got your friend back

I didn't even think about the library. Seems like forever since I've been there. Although they are much closer than barnes and noble. Thanks for that idea.

It's a good book and very easy read, but the message does stick with you. Your local library might have it as well.

lovely - thank you for the authors name of that book, and also for the link. I'm going to see if barnes and noble might have it in stalk, and if not I will probably order it from amazon. I am hoping it will give me as much inspiration as it did for your friend. Besides, I'm always looking for a good book to read while my kids are napping or in bed for the night.

Lou Gehrig's is different. In LG, the motor neurons degenerate and the muscles they control waste away very quickly. Non-motor neurons aren't affected, so your eyesight and other senses stay in tact. The degeneration will eventually affect your breathing, and is fatal. <br />
MS is caused by the wearing away of the myelin sheaths around your axons.

Thank you for the link, I am going to go check it out right now. I would love to read it.

Lou Gehrig's disease and ALS, isn't that close to MS. Like closely related? Or am I thinking something else?

Yes, it's Mitch Albom. The book is about his favorite college professor who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It causes the motor neurons in your body to degenerate. <br />
I have no idea about the medications. We're going to Atlantic City over spring break and I'll be sure to ask him!

Great story. Thank you for sharing. Do you happen to know the author of that book? I would love to find a copy of it and read it. Glad he has turned his outlook around and has decided to continue with school. Do you know what injections he is taking? I had reactions to the Rebif, but seem to be doing ok with Avonex.

Hi Saiyid!<br />
Thanks for inviting me, I love supporting a good cause!