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Donna Parks

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Donna Parks

I am living with MS. I was diagnosed in 1996 one day before my 41st birthday.  I will be 60 in July. I experienced my first “episode” when I was pregnant with my daughter in 1982.  I was carrying my other baby and I fell. It took visits to 7 different doctors before they were able to diagnose me.  It was quite a shock.  It was before computers, so I got the encyclopedia out. I thought I was going to die in 5 years. My life changed on that day. I was always very athletic. I played softball, and I ran with my kids. I couldn’t do that anymore. My husband is a great support.  He said it’s not just you who has MS, it’s us. WE have MS.  In 2001, I fell and broke my ankle.  After that I started having to use a cane.  Now I use a walker.  I have to use a wheelchair for long distances.         

I’m eating better, exercising and I’ve lost 40 lbs.  This is the best I’ve felt in years.  I do wish I could go to physical therapy once a week.  It makes me feel better.  Due to my insurance PT cap, my access to this care is limited. 

I have a great support system.  My husband is self-employed and works 7 days a week.  He also does the shopping and acts as my “nurse”.  He’s amazing.  My kids are also really good about helping me. 

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