I was about 20 years old when I was taking a shower and thought this is weird....My arm is numb....I will check it out if it does not go away however my arm did return to normal after a week. Just the beginning of how many strange things do go away with MS.
Several months later when I was typing at work another strange event....I cannot see out of one eye clearly. It had a gray blob in the center of the eye....it was also painful when moving the eye.
This time I did go to the Eye Doctor and he examined it. The doctor said my eye was ok but if it does not clear up in a week....He would give me a prescription of steroids. I was confused but it cleared up so again my young and fine thinking....
Later in the year I had double vision (I saw 2 of everything). I was also numb from head to toe on my right side. Later on I found out that my family was worried about me having a brain tumor....but I still thought I was fine even though strange things were happening to my body....it was becoming normal to me??
My Dad said we are going to the Doctor but it was the day after Thanksgiving. I said no one will be open during a holiday.
Well the same eye doctor was open. After the eye exam he took Dad in another room....Strange again....I was 20ish and an Adult.....so I thought why?
Dad did not want to tell me but I kept insisting that it was my body. Dad said "the doctor thinks it is MS"....my first thought was "I do not want to be Jerry’s kids"......but that is MD?....so what is MS? No computers back then.
My eye doctor had put the pieces of the puzzle together and sent me to a Neurologist. They had no tests or treatment around 1980 for Multiple Sclerosis. I kept working with MS for 10 or so years.
I met my husband after I had been diagnosed with MS a few years. He liked my attitude about the MS, “don’t let it ruin my life” (ignore it) was my attitude back then. After time MS will not let you ignore it....then we had to deal with MS.
We married 26 years ago and had 2 children! The doctors did not know if having the kids would do more damage to the MS or not but I thought it would be worth the risk. So happy I did take that risk....
My Daughter is a 24 year old accountant and my son is a 21 year old Marine. Like any Mom I am proud of my kids.....I do not know how I raised them. I claim Post Traumatic War Stuff for lack of memory!!!
Miraculously I started walking again but with a walker about 5 years ago. My son did not remember seeing me walk before....Many had thought that I would never walk again....My Chiropractor seems to have played a role in it....The Doctors seem to think the Meds were the reason....However it is God behind it all!
The story continues as life does for 30 years now.
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No matter what your day is like remember Stuff could always be worse!