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Nicolle B., Diagnosed with MS in 2003, Female, 35-44, Other

How did you first find out about your relapsing MS?

I found out I had MS after having some numbness in my left hand and arm. I had blood work, a spinal tap and an MRI done. Based on the results of the MRI, I was diagnosed with MS. I was 26 years old.

What emotions did you experience when first diagnosed with relapsing MS?

I was devastated and in deep denial. I did not want to believe that I had this disease. I researched all my options.

How has your outlook changed today regarding your relapsing MS?

I appreciate what my body can do on any given day. I know that from day to day my body's ability to do things varies. I accept myself and take care of myself better now than I ever did before. I respect myself. I know when to slow down and take it easy. I have MS. MS does not have me.

What would you say to someone who has found out they have relapsing MS?

There is hope. You are not alone.

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