Some moments are seared onto your mind. For me, one of those was an otherwise normal day as a new mom to a beautiful four-month old little boy: the day that I got a call from my neurologist diagnosing me with multiple sclerosis.
When the call came, though I was already exhausted and stretched too thin as a new mom, I felt a wave of relief. Finally, I had an answer, after two years of knowing something about my body just didn’t feel right. When I hung up the phone, my husband and I hugged and said we’d figure it out. I had to stay the healthiest I could for this little boy who had entered my world just months earlier and broke my heart wide open.
Thank you Heather Millen for posting your story online.
This is a must-read story about what it’s like to have multiple sclerosis.
Scott, who was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in 2015, will travel nearly 66km in temperatures of as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius.
He said: “Since being diagnosed with MS four years ago my motto has always been to ‘Challenge MS’ and I can’t think of any bigger challenge than the arctic trek.”
“I want to take advantage of this period of stable health that I am going through. Something I have learned from living with MS is that this can change at the drop of a hat.“
Good luck Scott on your venture.
He is right multiple sclerosis can change on a dime as you can be walking one day and in a wheelchair the next day.
Amelia Nordhaus, 7, of Farmington Hills, is excited about her third annual bike-a-thon to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For the first time this year, she’ll be riding without training wheels, says her mom, Tanya.
Amelia Nordhaus is an awesome young lady; she’s setting an example for adults. This is her third year of having a bike-a-thon and is a leading fundraiser for the National MS Society in Michigan.
Thank you, Amelia keep up the good work.
FOR years, 27 year-old Janelle Boisson suffered from bouts of total paralysis and questioned her sanity, only to be diagnosed four years ago with multiple sclerosis (MS). No one else in her family has the disease.
“When I found out I had MS I was relieved that I was not crazy,” she told Sunday Newsday.
Like Janelle Boisson after years of testing I was also relieved to know what I was dealing with.
This is a great article to read because it highlights how difficult it is to diagnose someone with MS.
Devastating disease doesn’t hold her back Sommers recalled noticing that she was losing her balance around 2010. She recalled thinking it was some other disorder.
“After a year and a half of being treated for something else, something told me it was not in my back, but in my brain,” she said. “It was the part that controlled my balance.”
She eventually was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system. She said her monthly infusions help her manage her MS.
“Once the damage is done, it can’t be reversed,” she said. “All you can do is stop it from getting worse, which is where I’m at.”
Sommers says she tries to be as active as the disease would allow.
“It’s important I keep moving,” she said. “But there’s a fine line between me keeping moving and overdoing it to where I’m having to chill on the couch the next day.”
This is an amazing story about Miriam Sommer and in spite of having multiple sclerosis she continues to help others.