Depression and MS

I was diagnosed about 17 years ago. I am very fortunate not to have extreme symptoms and a very loving spouse. My youngest son died from a heroin OD three years ago this month so it has been really tough this May as usual. I try and just keep thinking positive and from time to time I speak to young people about the affect of drug use on others in their lives. Knowing that I may make a difference in some way gives me a boost for myself. I attempt to keep doing as much as I can to maintain normalcy despite the MS. I think that is the key to maintain as much as you are able and to find something that you can do not only for yourself (I do crafts and keep busy with friends) but for others. It often takes the focus off your limitations and puts it on your contribution to life. My faith as a Christian keeps me from the pity parties I could have if I gave in. God gets me through it all!

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  • BostonGal
    2 years ago

    I am 47 and have had MS since I was 18 years old. It has only become life-altering within the last decade. The love of my life ended his in March of 2016, at 42. Grief over suicide is exhausting, in addition to the already debilitating fatigue of MS.

    I am so, so sorry for your pain. Grief does not give you a day off. My David suffered from alcoholism and severe depression. His family pushed him over the edge, ignoring his cries for help, and he decided to dabble with drugs the last year of his life. He purposely overdosed on heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, opiates, and had an alcohol level of .38 when he was found. (.40 is death) He took enough drugs to kill 10 people.

    I know we were codependent, and living with a depressed addict was excruciating. Add the fact that I could not save him, and the anger over suicide, my only anchor is God and my spirituality.

    Please continue your important work, and hope to be able to do the same in another year or two.

  • Nancy W
    2 years ago

    I just want to reach out with compassion when I read your story. It is always good to know someone is paying attention. Speaking out about drug use is a great use of your time. My faith gets me through the day, too.

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you’re not alone, we’re here to share support. As a mom, I’m sure in my heart that your son is proud that you share your heart with other young people in his name. We’re glad that you’re here. – Warmest wishes, Donna (MultipleSclerosis.net team)

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