Numb from the chest down, “What the hell is wrong with me” I asked myself.
In 1998, at the age of 30 my life took another unexpected turn. I woke up one morning and couldn’t feel anything from my chest down. I could move just couldn’t feel my skin, everything was numb. Well something was defiantly wrong. With the help of some close friends I was able to get myself up and to the doctors. My Dr. instantly recommended that I go see a Neurologist. So the testing begins and over about a week or so I had my diagnoses, “Multiple Sclerosis”. I didn’t know anything about it at the time.
My treatment started right away with injections, which caused severe pain throughout my body as well as a host of other side effects, night sweats, chills, headaches, nausea, etc.. I didn’t know what was worse, the side effects or the disease. It took several years and more meds than I could imagine before we found the right formula.
I have now been dealing with this disease for 18years. My life has improved over the years since I was first diagnosed. I have my MS well under control. I have a successful career, some great hobbies and best of all a very supportive family and a great group of friends.
“I will not let MS control my life. My personality, character, and accomplishments are what people will remember me by, not my disease.”