The Invisible Monster

I have been living with MS since 2014, having been diagnosed at the age of 48. I try to look on the bright side by saying I lived 48 yrs symptom free, which is a great thing! The first 2 1/2 years were pretty rough though lol.

I'm not angry or bitter about my situation at all. In fact I gladly take this diagnosis over someone much younger than I. I feel I have been given a second chance to re-prioritize things in life.

I try with all I have to remain positive about my situation. It's not always easy - I'm 53. I've lost my independence, my work that I loved, my ability to jump in the car and drive, my short term memory and a significant amount of my vision. I struggle just to stay awake some days. I'm scared about what will happen to me as I age, where will I end up?

If you are a family member or friend to someone with MS the one thing you can do to help is learn all you can about MS. Try not to throw in your advice if it's not backed fact. Most importantly, just be supportive because invisible symptoms are hard enough to explain to complete strangers.

Find your source of strength and rely on your belief system. Some days you will fail miserably and that's okay. Just remember to get back up!

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