Every person touched by MS has a unique and powerful story — whether you are a person living with multiple sclerosis, a family member, a friend, or a volunteer or the cause.
I love volunteering with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and working towards a cure for MS. I have met some of the most wonderful people with the best of personalities through the Society. Please support your local MS Bike or Walk to help us move closer to a cure…every little bit helps!
- Tonya Andrews, District Activist
Read about others who are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
My name is Emily and I was diagnosed with MS in April of 2006. When my doctor told me what it was, I was literally devastated. I kept thinking I am only 20 years old, I want to live a long and full life and now here I am. I didn't know really anything about MS and thought that I would be gone before I could live life. I went through the stages of denial, deep depression and then finally acceptance. During the first two stages, I cried more than I have in the rest of my life combined but I made it through. When I finally realized that I would have to live with it for the rest of my life, I accepted it and read every piece of information that I could get my hands on. After reading quite a few books and articles on it, I knew that I could fight it. When I was younger, my grandmother always used to tell me, "You can't worry about something that you can't change because it will kill you."
My name is Tim, I have just recently been diagnosed with MS. I have been in the military now for 20 years and planning to settle in my home town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the next few months after I retire from the military. I am having a really tough time adjusting to what the MS could do to me in the future, but have a lot of support and family willing to help. I just woke up one morning and had very little feeling in the entire left side of my body. A little scared at this point, but I know I will make the best of it because I do have a positive attitude. Me and my family are going to walk the local MS walk this year and cannot wait to hear the stories and just meet other people with MS or supporters of the disease.