at In Home, Colorado Springs, 80911 United States
I have created this page to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. I hope that with the help of my community we can raise funds and awareness.
I was diagnosed with MS in June of 2007 at the age of 25. I woke up on Feb 4, 2007 (a day I will never forget) with just the tip of my pinky being numb. I did not think much about it and went on with my day as usual; however, by the time bedtime rolled around the entire right side of my body was numb from head to toe. I went to the ER the following Monday, they could not find anything wrong and referred me to a neurologist. I went to the neurologist who ordered an MRI of my brain and spine. At the time of the results we weren’t sure if it was MS or a virus and I was told to wait and see if anything happens. Guess what, something else happen? I was sitting on my couch, watching TV one day and developed this loud ringing in one of my ears; I couldn’t get it to stop. I went to an ENT doctor who had me undergo a hearing test and sure enough I was losing my hearing! I am only 25 I can’t possibly be going deaf, can I? We started a round of high dose steroids in the hopes my hearing would come back, after a month of steroids my hearing did come back. I followed up with neurologist and based on the numbness and hearing loss he made the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. For the first week I think I walked around in a state of confusion. Why me? Why now? What does this mean? I cried, a lot. I was a young mother of two and a wife with a life and a career ahead of me. This is not supposed to happen to ME. I was too scared to do any research for fear of the unknown, the limited knowledge I did have was all negative. It wasn’t until a year or so later that I finally came around and started to research, and to my surprise this wasn’t a death sentence. It is life altering and changes have to made yearly, weekly, and sometimes even daily. I have experienced most of the usual symptoms of MS, some intermittently, like hearing loss, vision loss and paralysis and some symptoms daily, like depression, pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive brain fog and balance issues. Thankfully, technology in the medical field has come a long way. My MS is now stable. I am on my fourth disease modifying drug (DMD) as it is trial and error to find what works best for you. I am still pursing my career as a Business Analyst and just recently got a promotion from a BA I to a BA II. I am still chasing after kids, in fact I added one more to the chaos, I now have three girls ages 12, 10 and 3. I am still with my husband of 15 years and and plan on growing old with him. MS has forced me to listen to my body more often. Slow down and nap when I need to, or use a cane for long walks or outings. It has forced my oldest daughter to grow up fast as my right hand man when it comes to taking care of the three year old, they share a bond that can never be broken, and I could not be prouder of her maturity and smarts. It has forced my middle daughter to realize that sometimes mommy just can’t do the same things as other mommies, like go to the park when it is 100 degrees out. Despite having limitations and knowing what those limitation are I am here and doing my best each and every day! Please remember this one thing. Just because some may not look sick physically, doesn’t mean they are not sick.
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I have a very strong love hate relationship with the sun. I love the nicer weather but I hate the havoc it creates on my body. My fatigue is uncontrollable among other things.