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Hello everyone… I was diagnosed with RRMS in 1979 while in nursing school and I was also engaged to a medical student. It all started out with optic neuritis and spotty numbness in my right leg. After I graduated and got a job, my symptoms were mild but within 5 years I had to go part time due to fatigue. Fast forward to 1987 when my son was born. Great pregnancy and no exacerbations until my son was 18 months old. I was off balance, dropping things, optic neuritis returned along with nystagmus. Steroids were the only treatment at the time and I mean heavy doses IV. I fell down the stairs at home and fractured my left wrist. My neurologist told me that I had secondary progressive MS since I didn’t return to baseline. I was a wreck. We had to hire a live in nanny for 1 year. I got better and had my daughter in 1991. No problems or worsening of the disease. I started on Interferon soon after it was approved. Unfortunately, when my kids were 6 and 2, my husband left me. Honestly, at the time I thought my life was over but I was wrong. I continued to do well despite all the stress of divorce and taking care of 2 young kids by myself except every other weekend. Today, I continue to take Interferon and have been working full time in nursing for the last 15 years. My neurologist cannot believe how well I am doing and walking (used a cane for a long time). I feel so fortunate that for whatever reasons, I am doing better than I once did.

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  • Donna Steigleder moderator
    11 months ago

    @rockinrobin So glad to hear the good news! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story of overcoming struggles of adversity to come out stronger on the other side. Just shows you can’t keep a strong woman down! Thanks for being part of our community and inspiring others with MS to keep pushing forward. Donna Steigleder Moderator

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