MS – My Cousin It

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It took me 7 years to find a doctor who didn’t tell me I needed to see a shrink! I was beyond angry. I did my own research and had boiled it down to three things. Finally, after 7 years, I went to a neurologist who tested me and said, “I think you have MS, but, I am not sure”. He referred me to the University of Chicago.

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I went to a neurologist he referred, did a lot of testing, he showed me every result and explained in depth that I had MS. I cried! Not because of the diagnosis, but because I was finally relieved! At that point, he said I was a good candidate for the Betaseron study that lasts three years. I was accepted into the study and was extremely grateful. I have Relapsing Remitting MS. With all testing, have around 35 lesions between brain and spine. No, it’s no fun, but, I decided right there to name it Cousin It.

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“It” was not going to get in front of me! It’s been around 40 years since my diagnosis. I have my good and bad days, but Cousin It is still behind me! I truly believe that by not dwelling on it every day, has been the best way for me. I always look for the positive and count all my blessings. My husband is my biggest one! Life goes on, the sun shines, and the moon is beautiful. I stayed as active as I can be. I wish many people with MS would put it into a perspective and not let it consume them! Everyone is different, though. I am still a blessed woman!

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