When I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
A high stressful environment to perform and fulfill personal goals has always been an unnecessary pressure I placed upon myself most of my academic life.
In my college years I wasn't so much a party person, I was always working hard on my academics and working at school. Always doing something and felt always busy. In college, I experience something I really didn't understand. In my senior year of college, I experienced flickering of lights in my vision called Optic Neuritis. I found out afterward that was one of my earliest multiple sclerosis scar left before diagnoses and it is on my pupil (See post Recovery after the multiple sclerosis relapses).
Post: Recovery after the multiple sclerosis relapses
Facebook medical video: A fun medical video I found on facebook that I enjoyed, it evidenced my scar on the pupil could be the earliest severe relapse I suffered before the M.S. diagnoses.
Your cells are constantly being shed and replaced—so is your body ever completely refreshed? Does anything remain of the body that existed on Jan. 1, 2017? 2007? The day you were born?
Posted by Skunk Bear on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Optic neuritis is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. My vision was severely affected by it when the exacerbation happened. I lived in Puerto Rico in my sophomore year of college in 2001, the medical care back then was behind or the doctors failed to figure out what had happened to me. It was in the Summer session of graduate school when I got officially diagnosed in 2005. Here I suffered from limping and exhaustion in the hot summer days. This mostly usually happen around the afternoon after walking across campus. My right leg would get weak and cause me to start limp. Even though I felt energized and in good health, I still was seriously limited because of a weak leg. I felt embarrassed when I limped. Before diagnoses, I spent a lot of my time stressing about these symptoms, which now I understand this may have worsened my symptoms. Well, my limp was so pronounced and disabling that it interrupted my daily life. I ended at a Neurologist office when the doctor diagnosed me with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and erroneously predicted that I would be in a wheelchair in 10 years. I assumed he spoked that way due to the gravity of the scars of my brain on the MRI scans. Sincerely, I approached those words as a challenge after I cried about that diagnoses. The 10 years mark passed, and I never ended in a wheelchair thankfully. It did take time to understand my symptoms and commence a change. My mom passed away 3 years after the diagnoses and the birth of my son were situations that influence my decisions to reduce my stressors and make a change. My priorities and life changed. I needed first to get off the research treadmill of my graduate studies and say goodbye to the stress which affected me severely at that time, my Ph.D. program. Since ending the program. I used my time to understand my body and multiple sclerosis symptoms. Now after much literature review and experience, I learned a better way to work with my life having M.S. and purposely reduce my progression. It sincerely took discipline and perseverance, but mostly courage to do things differently.
I went against the grind to reduce and stop eating unhealthy fats from dairy and meats. I instead added better foods like veggies, fish, and other meats after being on the diet for a year. Changing my lifestyle and getting stronger in a positive environment and exercise is now part of my life.
This month I celebrate 14 years since the diagnoses, but 18 years since I experienced the first symptoms of M.S. It was a blessing to acknowledge how I was protected during my storm of aggravated M.S. symptoms. This blessing allowed me to learn what was needed and to create this blog and to share my real experience combating Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.
So what is different now. I found help to make this blog better and help with fundraising to support this blog starting in July. Be sure to keep on checking out this website.
We are M.S warriors figuring a different, yet healthier way to live with multiple sclerosis.
I pray that you rekindle Jesus in your life. To believe in yourself and to do something positive for your body. Most importantly to share your warrior story. I have several accounts of followers who are making this positive change and are learning how their bodies are improving.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I am available to provide consulting on the changes you can do having M.S.