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Me and multiple sclerosis

Me and multiple sclerosis

We’ve had a turbulent relationship over the last 19 years to say it mildly. There have been many one-sided fights. I’ve told my story before bug sometimes it’s worth repeating. My first MS attack (exacerbation) was sever. The entire left side of my body went numb and atrophied. I couldn’t walk, hold anything or feel on the left side. It came on fast starting in my foot on a Saturday and by the time I saw the doctor that Friday…

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Smoking and multiple sclerosis

Smoking and multiple sclerosis

I was driving and my iPod was shuffled playing random songs from my entire music collection. My favorite things when driving were music and smoking. I could drive for hours smoking with the music cranking, loud. I quit smoking years ago for the final time. I didn’t wait for the last cigarette of the pack, I didn’t even throw out what was left of the pack. I woke up one day and said enough. I can’t smoke anymore. It messed…

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I have multiple sclerosis and I’m ok.

I have multiple sclerosis and I’m ok.

I have had multiple sclerosis for 18 years. It was Valentines Day 1998 when my symptoms started. Three days later I couldn’t really walk. First I saw an orthopedist he took one look at me and sent me to a neurologist. When he told me that it was probably MS. I cried. I cried because I really didn’t know what the hell MS was or what that was going to mean to my life. So here I am 18+ years…

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