Hi, My name is Kelly and I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in May 2009 after almost eight-teen months of wonky symptoms that caused me and my family to seek the help and guidance of what have become trusted health care providers. Chances are that the symptoms were there earlier, but just less annoying to be concerned with. Nationally approximately 400,000 people have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and 2.1 million worldwide. There is no known cure.
It has not been an easy road, this chronic disease is part of a larger group of diseases known as the autoimmune diseases which encompass diseases like: diabetes type 1, celiac disease, and Graves disease.
Multiple Sclerosis affects each person differently. The one thing I have learned for certain after talking with many patients, their family members, doctors, PA’s, and nurses is that we each are unique in our symptoms and treatments. For instance, I have been suffering from migraines for almost two years now and in all that time I have not run across one person who has had similar symptoms. Yet, I can knit up a storm (the mobility of my hands is not affected).
In January I experienced my first flare up since diagnosis. This event had quite an impact on my health, my marriage, my children, and our lives. It is something none of us care to repeat, it has made us stronger and treasure good health even more.
This flare up has reminded me to take nothing for granted; to live life each day, hug your husband & children lots, eat consciously, get regular exercise (both mental & physical), practice yoga, take my medicine, and ask for help.
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