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  1. karieland75 says:

    That NO ONE around me understands!!!!!!!!!!!! and my unsure future…

  2. Joelle Buck says:

    Within two years of my diagnosis my youngest six year old daughter was removed from my custody because my health issues were so bad I was unable to take care of both of us I still have not had had her living under the same roof it’s been 8 years then shortly after that I was diagnosed with MRSA in my bloodstream and almost died turn septic

  3. daisymom says:

    After getting my diagnosis at 47, my so-called neurologist told me to “just keep living your life and don’t think about it.” How do I not think about it? Almost every aspect of my life has changed and I am symptomatic every day. Luckily I found a fantastic MS specialist who treats me as a whole person and respects what I’m feeling, both physically and emotionally. Oh and that so-called neurologist just up and closed her practice soon after I left.

  4. ChristinaH moderator says:

    Hi @daisymom,
    It sure can be frustrating to have a doctor who doesn’t take the time to understand the emotional aspects that come with MS! I’m so glad you found a great MS specialist who truly listens and respects you as a whole person! Thanks so much for sharing with us here! We’re glad you’re a part of our community 🙂
    Christina, Team

  5. Riya says:

    I just want to commit suicide…

  6. Kelly McNamara moderator says:

    Hi @Riya. We’re so sorry you’re feeling this way and commend you for sharing so honestly here! We also encourage you to reach out for support from in-person options as well, including counselors, medical professionals, support groups, and more. The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) and National MS Society offer online, in person, and toll-free support resources: MSAA – / MS Society – If you ever need it, please do not hesitate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online at or over the phone 1-800-273-8255. Please know you’re not alone in this! – Kelly, Team Member

  7. Riya says:

    Nothing will positive with me

  8. Riya says:

    I don’t want to suffer from this disease

    I already suffered from blood cancer

  9. Alina Ahsan moderator says:

    Hi Riya,
    I’m so sorry you have had to cope with both MS and blood cancer, I can’t imagine what that must be like! MS can be a huge load to bear by itself, and I truly appreciate you being part of our community and sharing your feelings with us because there are so many others that are feeling the same way. We’re so glad you found us here and please keep us updated on how you are doing!
    -Alina, Team Member

  10. caya1430 says:

    It took three neurologist and a year and a half for a diagnosis. A year and a half of torture, pain and frustration! “If it looks and acts like MS, then it is MS!” was my response. I was relieved because I knew for many years, something was wrong with me. I accepted it. It is true, knowing is easier to deal with.

  11. Erin Rush moderator says:

    I am sorry it took so long to get a proper diagnosis, @caya1430. Unfortunately, that seems to be a pretty common occurrence for our community members. I am glad you got diagnosed and can get the treatment you need to manage your symptoms. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the community. Best, Erin, Team Member.

  12. Renee says:

    Amount of time it took to be diagnosed. Attempting to explain a disease, no one can see to family and friends, and trying to disern all misdiagnosis and medication impact on my health. Hardest acepting my new reality.

  13. Erin Rush moderator says:

    Hi @Renee! I know so many of our members can relate to what you shared! A long road to diagnosis is not unusual in this community. And trying to educate others about MS can be really challenging, to say the least. It can be very hard to adjust to a new reality like life with MS. Please know you are not alone! Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  14. msbeast says:

    How advanced it has become for my mom as you know I’m her daughter speaking for her youngest daughter and I was her caretakers and his 2001 my name is Amy. Right now I would just say that the worst part of it is that she’s not able to speak or not able to understand anything so I wish that she would be able to speak and I wish that she can use her right hand to eat without getting assistance and I pray that she will be able to transfer from her wheelchair to the passenger seat of my car so that we can go and get coffee or lunch at Panera together again. Right now I just pray that I’ll be able to give her a good shower at the nursing home without her struggling during the transfer

  15. Rebel says:

    It took 2yrs. And several drs to get my MS diagnoses. I overheard one dr say to another, “she doesn’t fit the criteria.” I later learned the reason why. I’m black and 48yrs old. my age. He was a neurologists/ass! When I finally got diagnosed, I cried, I was so relieved that I had a diagnosis! I had one dr tell me it was all in my head and that I needed to see a psychiatrist!!! Lol Believe me I wasn’t laughing at that time.
    MS SUCKS!! I HATE IT! But thank God I’m here, above ground. It’s a dat to day challenge for me.

  16. Christine F moderator says:

    Thank you for sharing, @Rebel! I am glad you were finally able to find a doctor who listened to you and were able to get a diagnosis and can get the treatment you need to help manage your symptoms. Thanks for being a part of the community! Thinking of you! Christine, Team Member

  17. Tina says:


  18. Kelly McNamara moderator says:

    Hi @Tina. I can’t imagine everything you’re going through, but please just know there’s always someone who’s willing to listen and to hear you. If you ever feel like you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re all thinking of you. Sometimes online support comes a little easier, and the community’s here whenever you need. – Kelly, Team Member

  19. After several years of seeking a diagnosis for my bizarre, but rapidly progressing symptoms, I was relieved to finally receive an MS diagnosis last year – at the age of 54.

    Finding a neurologist in my health insurance network who is willing to treat my progressive MS and advocate for a more aggressive MS therapy has been and continues to be the most frustrating part for me.

  20. Kelly McNamara moderator says:

    Thanks for sharing @SouthernSullivan. It’s funny how sometimes a diagnosis can bring upon a set of relief. Dealing with insurance and advocating for yourself can be super frustrating. If you ever have any questions or just want to vent with others in the community, know you’re always welcome to! – Kelly, Team Member

  21. kimtone says:

    Finding a good neuro. The one that diagnosed me with MS said my biggest problem was that I was a woman. No joke…being a woman outweighed being diagnosed with MS! Actually, now that I think about it, I am grateful to him for fueling that fire in me so that I breezed right through the diagnosis unbelief/grief and just got on with proving my salt as the old saying goes. *wink wink*

  22. Kelly McNamara moderator says:

    No one should ever have to deal with that @kimtone. I’m so sorry you had to! Thanks for sharing with the community. Hearing everything you have said helps others to know they’re not so alone! – Kelly, Team Member

  23. Bettybeem says:

    It was a relief to finally know what was wrong. The known is easier to deal with than the unknown.

  24. Christine F moderator says:

    Thank you for sharing, @Bettybeem. Many community members feel the same way and can relate to that sense of relief at finally getting a diagnosis. Thanks for being a part of the community! Best. Christine, Team Member

  25. 100% agree….I’ve had symptoms for at least 5 years and have been severely misdiagnosed…it was my opthamologist who finally diagnosed it 2 days ago…optic neuritis sealed the deal…had a CT Scan August 2015 that showed multiple lesions but was diagnosed as Cerebrovascular Disease only….so grateful to finally have the right diagnosis to get the right treatments!

  26. SK74 says:


  27. Kelly McNamara moderator says:

    Hi @SK74. I know it’s hard for others to understand everything you’re going through, but please know you’re not alone. Help is always available, if you ever feel like you need it. Here are a few resources that are here to help:

    – The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or online at
    – Local options such as medical professionals, counselors, or support groups
    – MS society’s peer-to-peer support resource:
    – The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America hotline and online chat:
    – Also, if texting is easier, the Crisis Text Line is a great resources.You can reach them by texting 741741.

    I applaud you for being so brave and sharing how you’re feeling so honestly.


    Kelly, Team Member

  28. Raer says:

    I just remember being so scared, not understanding what was going on

  29. Erin Rush moderator says:

    Hi @Raer! I think that time of being newly diagnosed can be so overwhelming and frightening. It can be hard to grasp the potential health challenges and the treatment options and all of the other information that comes with a diagnosis of MS. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your personal frustrating moment with the community! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  30. jn99 says:

    Getting past the depression. I was terrified of what I didn’t know and what I suddenly couldn’t do.

  31. LeanneM says:

    Trying to get a diagnosis. I have been in limbo now since the 90’s, when the Military Dr’s started telling me I “might” have MS. I went to a neuro in 2002, only to be told by him that because HE didn’t diagnose me, I didn’t have MS.
    That is where things have stayed since then. Due to lack of health insurance, the economy went down and I got laid off.
    I still live with the symptoms, and manage them -without any Dx or Rx. All of my management as been through diet, supplements and being mindful of the MS triggers. I may never get a Dx. 🙁

  32. Erin Rush moderator says:

    Good grief, @LeanneM! I don’t blame you for feeling frustrated! That is a long time to go without a proper diagnosis.

    I am sorry the economy and lack of health insurance have made it impossible for you to get a diagnosis. I hope the new year brings some changes and allows you to get the medical care you need.

    Thank you for sharing! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  33. 25651se says:

    Waiting for the diagnosis. I was scared I had a brain tumor due to family history.

  34. Tjoo33 says:

    Accepting that you have it

  35. wandaholt says:

    So true for me. I had a great job I was a health nut and living a good life with just mild symptoms. Optic neuritis and an MRI quickly diagnosed MS. I couldn’t believe it and wanted to fight back. Then I pretended it really wouldn’t cause much change. But that heavy lesion load finally won. After 12 years my life is totally changed.And acceptance is vital to keep going

  36. Christine F moderator says:

    Hi @Tjoo33 thank you for sharing! Adjusting to life with MS and accepting the changes that come with that diagnosis is hard. Please know that you are not alone! Thank you for being a part of the community. Best, Christine, Team Member

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