MEET KAWAI LU-PADGETT
1) I am 28 and was recently diagnosed with MS in October 2012. It has been a little over 6 months now. Before my diagnostic, I already had the MS symptoms: numbness in feet, trouble walking, frequent falls, bad hand-writing, frequent UTI. I thought I was just a clumsy person from falling down all the time, but it was actually more than just that.
I got Lasik eye surgery last year in May 2012 (I haven’t been diagnosed at that time). I decided to get Lasik done hoping to get rid of my near-sighted glasses, but Lasik did not help my vision, Lasik actually made my vision even worse afterward. I kept following up with my Lasik doctor, and we are just not sure why my vision didn’t improve at all but just declined. So my Lasik doctor advised/referred me to a Neuro-ophthalmologist, then I had a MRI, then that’s how I found out about my MS. So I’m glad I did Lasik, to get me to know that I have MS.
MS really impact my life tremendously, both for before my diagnostic and after diagnostic. I’m just not as physically active as others. I just couldn’t walk for a long period of time, couldn’t run for sure, and couldn’t balance myself. My vision also impacted my life as I am now both near-sighted and far-sighted. I cannot read a book comfortably; I would have to wear my mom’s reading glasses when reading small text, which is very annoying. I cannot read up-far either, for example- street signs, unless I am close to it. My eye doctor said I could use a telescope to help read at a distance, but definitely not when driving.
2) Yes. National funding for MS Health insurance would really help me.
3) I really believe MS doesn’t have me, it is me having MS and I take control of it. It hurts during the running process, but it hurts even more when you stop running.
To share your story, email Alexis Davis, PR/Marketing Manager at the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society.