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Living with MS

I first came down with MS in 1981, didn’t know what it was. I went numb in the legs and torso. It was hard to walk.

There were no know tests back then that gave a definite Diagnosis. I had a Horrible test called a Milo-Gram. It was more painful than giving Birth! It was inconclusive. I was treated locally, put on all kinds of Meds. It was very scary.

I had 2 young children and sometimes didn’t remember doing things. I finally after 2 yrs of this craziness went to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Ma. MS story I had several other tests (nothing like the Milo-Gram). It was in 1986 I got one of the first MRI’s and there it was…MS. I wasn’t sure how to react but I guess you could say I was Glad to know what it was.

My Dr. was my Rock, she was the most caring and most of all she listened! I felt lost when she retired. I have a good Dr. now and have been on Avonex for almost 12yrs. I have been very fortunate, it has kept me stable. Thank God.

Recently I have had Bladder problems. I have had the Inter-Stem implanted… it worked!!

I think it is so important to have a positive Attitude and a good support system. I have been Blessed that I have Both. I am a private person but after all these years I just wanted to share!!

Keep Smiling


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  • Ann author
    6 years ago

    You are so welcome. It felt good to Share….If I have given someone even just a little bit of encouragement and know that a positive attitude really does help, I feel like I’ve done something. This is such a scary thing because every case is so different. Knock wood, I have been very fortunate, I have stayed Stable…I truely believe it’s my positive attitude and my wonderful Family. I am very private…few friends know…I’ve only shared with a few after so many years. I’ve recently realized it’s okay. Please stay strong and know that there are so many out there that really care!
    Keep Smiling

  • Josh
    6 years ago

    Thank you for your willingness to share. I was diagnosed recently, in 2007. But, at the same time I can relate to your feeling of finally being given a name for the problem. I also tend to be a rather private person, but, with the inception of this site, I found myself also needing to speak/write/share. Again, thank you.

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