The day my life changed Forever (but I think it is for the BETTER)

I was 21, and went into the hospital on May 2nd 1991 for ten days of diagnostic testing. That was NOT the “Exact” diagnosis date, but it was the date that changed my life FOREVER.

I was never able to go back to work again. I worked as an Independant hairdresser (booth renting my own space). My MS just got worse for 4 months after my diagnosis, until I couldn’t feel anything from the neck down or even hold a tissue to blow my nose. But entering the hospital May 2nd 1991 will ALWAYS stick out in my head!!! Even though I had many other HUGE dates in my “MS Experience”, including having to cancel a wedding and being told that I “would never be able to walk again”. And that was suppose to be “what we could hope for” if the chemo (Cytoxin) worked with a 20% success rate.

I DIDN’T like that answer and was determined to prove them wrong. I did TONS of visualization while in the hospital receiving my treatments. I ended up walking Out of the hospital.

I don’t look like I have MS today, just deal with LOTS of non-visible symptoms, SEVERE Pain, MAJOR cognitive problems and EXTREME Fatigue.

So I had to postpone a wedding, but the BEST man in the world stood by my side. He actually made it romantic and “Fed me” when I Couldn’t feed myself. And still decided to marry me after I gained TONS of weight from having to be on All of the I.V. Steroids the 1st year I was diagnosed. And also after being with me and seeing me when I had lost ALL of my hair due to the chemo.

We have NOW been married for over 20 years. He took his marriage vows serious LONG before we EVER Got married and stuck right by my side.

I strongly believe that a POSITIVE attitude and a GREAT Support system really make ALL the difference n the world!!! My mom has Always (and still is) one of my BEST supports.

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