Updated: Aug 9, 2020
I was diagnosed with Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2002. At 22, I had just finished college and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. With my Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and experience of writing for my local newspaper, my hopes were to continue to write and one day become a traveling journalist.
During that time my body began to do some strange things. I begin to suffer from extreme fatigue, severe weakness, and double vision weeks after relocating to Ohio. For many years I have worn glasses so when I begin to have double vision, my first thought was “I need new glasses.” The optometrist at Wal-Mart (Dr. Powers, I will never forget his name) told me I had an eye condition called diplopia and he put prisms in my lenses to correct my vision. After looking under the microscope, he saw something else with my optic nerve and told me I would need an MRI.
After seeing an ophthalmologist, primary care physician (PCP), a neurologist, and several months later, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Do not get me wrong, the spinal tap was not easy but I was glad to know what was finally going on with my body. I was able to make sense of all the tripping, dizziness, migraines, numbness, and tingling.
Instead of letting MS get me down, I became an MS advocate. I have done several educational seminars all over Cincinnati and written numerous articles sharing my unique MS journey with family, friends, others suffering from MS, and complete strangers. Looking back on what I envisioned for my life, a chronic, autoimmune illness was nothing I could ever imagine!
However, I took the bull by its horns and kept fighting. Proper diet and exercising is key to my ongoing fight! I do special exercises I have learned at physical therapy, practice yoga, and participate in water aerobics to help keep me strong. I joined an amazing support group so I can learn and share with fellow MS’ers.
I am an MS Warrior and I will NEVER GIVE UP!