Sprinting Is Fun

I've been diagnosed with MS in 1990. 17 years later and after 3 attacks, (the most recent 3 years ago) my wife and doctor convinced me to take medication. Being an accomplished athlete, always fearing the thought of being less that my personal best, I guess I was in denial so many years that I had this disease. But after my last attack that took more than a month to subside, I came to the realization that I should take preventative insurance in the form of medication. Being an interesting case of someone living with MS for so long with no symptoms or side effects from this debilitating disease and taking no medication, I was fortunate to be referred to one of the best practitioners in this field. He gave me the choice between Avonex, Copaxone and Rebif and I chose Rebif. 3 years later and I never regret this decision.  The needle is tiny and the frequency of injections is bearable (3 times a week). There are no side effects for me whatsoever, except for the occasional red spot around the injection that can last for several days. Since the medication is slightly acidic I occasionally feel the pain of being stung by a bee when injecting. To ease this feeling, I soak a towel with lukewarm water and apply it on the area to be injected for 10-15 minutes.

At 42, I still work out on the track a full 2 hour sessions, 3 times a week, doing sprints at full speed and performing about 7 percent less than my top performance at 22. I'm virtually tireless, sleeping less than 6 hours / day not because I'm an insomniac but because there is so much for me to do and enjoy that I forget to sleep. Apart from being an athlete, I also draw and paint as a hobby and live happily with my 2 daughters and lovely wife. I guess living with MS constantly reminds me how precious life is and that every moment counts. I'm also a software engineer by profession constantly pushing my mental abilities to the extreme. I have no explanation as to why my attacks are so rare or why I have no side effects other than being incredibly fortunate up to now. Maybe my athletic life style helps my body heal fast and effectively control stress and my profession helps my mind be always active. I admit I push my body and my mind to its absolute limits in terms of performance but the more I do so, the more I distance myself from the thought of being crippled by this disease. After all, living with MS does not have to be miserable.



Sprinter Sprinter
41-45, M
1 Response May 27, 2007

So inspiring! You're my hero! God bless you. Thanks and all the best to you.