I was diagnosed with MS in 2000. I was overwhelmed with the feeling that there is so little you have control of when you have MS. I was fortunate to be diagnosed when there were medications to take, so in spite of my continued needle phobia, I took the injections.
Every night I have to take a darned shot. I would like to not have to think about my MS but doing this daily never allows you to forget it. It has changed my style of clothes. Sadly, it has made family worry about me, though I tell them I am doing great. I can do almost everything I used to but with some limitations. I entertain a little less and when I do, I don't work as hard at it or it will take too much out of me to do it again soon. But Costco meals make it easy!
On the positive side, I have been connecting with lots of people as I use the opportunity once a year to update them and request money for my walk. It has brought some of them to town to see me. It has inspired me to see all those around me doing this for me and the other people who have MS in their families.
In my fundraising I have been amazed and touched at the checks people have given, and it has touched my heart in a way I would never know if not for this disease and the walk.