Most of you probably know who I am, but for those that don't I will explain my MS story. I was diagnosed with MS in October of 2013. I had no idea how my life would change after MS. In the early stages I had trouble with all of my everyday motor skills like walking, vision, and strength. I would find out that this was normal for people with MS, but it was not normal for me. I was unable to drive for over 90 days. This meant I was having to take public transporation everywhere or ask friends and family for rides to and from work, doctors appointments, and events.
I remember my first MS walk and that I was so inspired to finish it even though I could not walk on a straight line longer than 2 steps. I pushed myself through the walk and had to grab a nurse afterwards because I felt like I was going to faint. I have been very lucky that my body has responded well to my MS treatments. After the first 6 months with some amazing medicine, my body was starting to repair itself and I was able to see again, which gave me the freedom to start driving again.
Since my diagnosis I have looked at life differently. Life is now more valuable to me than before my diagnosis. I was much more careless with my diet and lifestyle before MS. I noticed that I not only have an amazing family, but I have friends and colleagues that also care about me. I have had many friends and colleagues that would give me rides to and from work in the beginning. I have had dozens of friends show up in support of my MS battle. I continue to ask for support for MS as I have personally seen the changes that funding can do for someone with MS. I learned so much about MS at the first walk and how many support systems there are for people with MS and friends/family memebers of people with MS.
I have one question for you, will you join me?
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