Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with MS. I am one of those people.
I first realized something was wrong when I had a dull but persistent pain behind my right eye that lasted for weeks. In addition to the pain behind my eye, I lost feeling on my right side in my arms, legs, and torso (numbness, tingling, and weakness). That's when I knew something was wrong. I went to the doctor and the very long process of testing began.
My symptoms for worse before they got better. After 6 long months of tests and a lot of patience, I was diagnosed with RRMS. It has been nothing short of a roller coaster, but I refuse to let Multiple Sclerosis define or dictate who I am, or who I will become.
I have manageable symptoms, but not everyone is that lucky. I am incredibly fortunate to have an amazing support system through family and friends. The diagnosis process is long and exhausting, and not everyone has the resources to afford the expensive testing and medications that MS requires. Those of us who suffer from this disease are lucky to have medications that didn't exist even 5 years ago. Advancements are made on a daily basis, and it is important to keep up that positive momentum.
It is important to me to raise awareness in order to find a cure. That's why I chose to speak out about my MS. We are all given the gift of a voice, and I want to use mine to raise awareness, and help find a cure. Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS.
I am asking you to support me in raising money for the National MS Society- Michigan Chapter because this is a cause that is meaningful to me. Millions of people, including me, are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.