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.”   

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