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Tragedy and Positivity

On the day of June 26, 2010, I went to a fun park named Holiday World. I had a good I got home. There was a feeling that I couldn’t walk, there was also a constipation in my stomach. Then, all of a sudden just stopped for a few years. Next, on July 4th, 2016 me and my family went to the park to see fireworks. We had a good time I’ll say. Leaving the park the tragic moment started. Going to the car, was very harsh. Only because eyes were staring at me, because I was walking like I was under the influence of alcohol.

Then, we got home, but the next day was very different. We go to the hospital, get an MRI, and go see a neurologist. He then hits us with bad news. He said, “you are diagnosed with MS.” I’m like, wtf is that, but I figured that it was an autoimmune disease.

So, as from that day I’ve been living with MS for two years and it’s been kind of harsh. Like, I can’t really hang with friends anymore. I can’t really go outside anymore or I can’t even stand on the porch because of the heat. But I still stay that I will achieve everything and do all I can to get to those achievements.

I’m only 18. I’m about to be a graduate. And many people are proud of me because I’ve gotten through all of these obstacles. But I know that it’s not over. Like at this point MS is causing me to use a wheelchair or walker or even a cane some days. Now, the only thing I look at is staying positive. Even putting myself first. But, the only thing I look forward to the MS not taking is my skills of creative thinking and drawing. Always believe you can do it if you put your mind to it. That’s my story.

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  • Q
    1 year ago

    You can do it!! I was also diagnosed at a young age (diagnosed at 28, but it probably all started at 24/25). I live in a very hot place and can’t always stand to go outside, but I do sometimes open my backdoor so I can get the breeze. I also do a lot of yoga. It helps me to relax and focus my thoughts. It also helps me keep my strength up. And you can do some routines sitting down or in a wheelchair.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi ksmithjr17! While I am sorry for your diagnosis, I am glad you took the time to share a part of your story with our community. We have a few female contributors that were diagnosed at a young age, like you. One of them is Calie Wyatt — and Ashley Ringstaff — You can read their articles, if you would like. While we wish no one had MS and that the young were never saddled with such a condition, I hope it offers you some comfort to know that you are not the only one going through this. And while it sounds like you are doing well emotionally, I did want to include some mental health resources, should you ever feel the need for some extra support — Our members and contributors know that it’s especially hard to be young and living with MS. You are welcome here anytime you need some support, to share, or even to vent. Thank you for joining and for sharing! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • KDaniels72
    1 year ago

    Keep up the good fight and PMA (positive mental attitude) many prayers for you!

  • maryconransmith
    1 year ago

    Hi KSmith. I admire your strength!
    I have a dear friend who I call my #MSBFF. She was around your age when she was diagnosed with MS. She
    Was an athlete going into her first year of College. She played Field Hockey.
    Weeks before she was to start, she was in tough shape. She was trying to get
    Ready for her 1st Collegiate year of
    Playing. She let her coaches know. By
    Senior year she was elected Captain of her TEAM. On and off the field. She had
    A great attitude. And kept her MS issues
    Close to home.
    That’s when I learned something & she did too! LIVE YOUR MS LIFE SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO YOU OPEN UP YOUR
    WAYS THAT YOU CAN HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS. They are just as scared as you are! I did this I spoke to
    My close friends & I knew then who to
    Weed out of my life. Explain to your family that you need alone time with your friends where ever you feel safest
    And COOL !!! So they would come to me. Whether it be my friends or my kids friends from HS , growing up and College. They didn’t & don’t care how I
    Look or what my surroundings are. Laughter is the best medicine! Let them
    Feel free to ask questions. It’s ok to say
    “I DONT KNOW”. I still today say that!
    Adjust your life so that you can have some joy no matter how weak & tired you may feel! You sound like a great person! Hang in there! Love, Mary

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