Today is World MS Day and this year the theme is Independence. Multiple Sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system in which the body attacks the protective coating around the nerves. It can affect the brain and/or the spinal cord, which can mean a wide range of unpredictable symptoms. Although it can occur at any age, it is most commonly diagnosed in the 20’s and 30’s meaning that people can lose their independence at a very young age.
This year, it will mark 5 years since I first noticed I was getting ill, although it now turns out that I had signs of it that went ignored at least 2 years before, and it was only last year that I was diagnosed. Up until 3 months ago, I had a steady progression of symptoms and pain and then BAM! a really scary relapse, my first scary one and it completely floored me, literally! My depression hit an all time low, I was scared and I could not physically move on my own, but it flipped a switch in me and since then I have been trying to stay positive and work to physically gain strength back in my arms and my legs and adopt a healthier *walks away from the bacon* lifetsyle.
There are 2.3 million people worldwide that have MS and every single one of us has a different story. There is no cure, yet, but hopefully, days like today can raise awareness and change that!