My mom (and someone…we’re not sure who ) could not have said it better,
“Life is no dress rehearsal”.
I guess Drake says it pretty well too…
Sometimes life throws you the unexpected, and you really start to think about these quotes (and maybe sing them too).
Three days ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
It feels really weird typing that out…
Those of you who know me well have probably heard me mention my ‘weird, tingly leg’, but I will explain…
Around 7 years ago, I woke up with my left leg asleep. I didn’t think much of it until it didn’t seem to go away. An hour or two later, I called my mom, not really knowing what to say besides “Umm…my leg is asleep…and it’s not waking up”!
Tests, an x-ray, nerve conduction study & an MRI later, the doctors found nothing. The ‘tingling’ eventually lessoned, but never completely went away, and I just assumed I had another weird, unexplainable case of…unexplainable-ness (I tend to be the medical mystery child…or adult…I guess I’m not really a child anymore).
Six years later, a new spell of ‘tingling’ arose. This time, in both legs, the sides of my hands and up to my chest. Another round of tests, and still nothing. A year later (just three, or so, weeks ago), another spell. This time, down the right side of my body, up to the side of my face.
Here we go again!
I think almost falling off the treadmill at the gym is what finally pushed me to head back to the doctor! That could’ve been extremely embarrassing…or extremely funny…probably pretty painful…
Anyway, after rounds of perfectly normal test results, I headed to the neurologist for MRI results.
My neurologist asked if I had seen my MRI results. I told him yes. He asked what I thought. I told him I had huge eyes…just like my chihuahua, Petey…
He had a more professional observation of the MRI results.
I liked mine better.
So now what?
So far, I’ve been very positive about the whole thing. I figure…
Life is going to happen, no matter what we do. It’s how we look at it that determines how we will live it, and this is no dress rehearsal, so…best to stay positive.
I start a treatment this week called Copaxone, (which I picked up today, and am not feeling so positive about…something about a box of needles…well…you can probably take a guess at how I felt about that!) and I’ll go from there.
I’m already feeling so much love and support <3 from family and friends, and am so, so thankful!
I’m even finding support through Social Media (hence this blog post)…connecting with people on Instagram who are just starting treatment, people my age, and even people offering support to me and my recent diagnosis.
This tech-y world we live in today, I tell ya! Very cool.
I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated (probably with more information than you really want to know), and welcome any advice, support, babble, jokes, venting, etc…
Also, keep a look out! I just printed a toolkit for starting my own fundraising event.
Golf tournament? I think, yes.