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Helena F., Diagnosed with MS in 1972, Female, >65, Other

How did you first find out about your relapsing MS?

After going blind in one eye from Optic Neuritis, I was told that I might have MS. A few months later, I developed heaviness and weakness on my left side and was formally diagnosed with MS. I was fortunate to have a neurologist who tried to tell me about MS at the time-1970.

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

I was terrified. I was 26 years old and had two young children. I saw myself in a wheel-chair, unable to chase after my 6 month old baby. I cried for three days. Fortunately, my husband was strong and supportive. At that time, MS was called the "Great Crippler" of young adults. I felt as if I no longer had any control over my life.

How has your outlook changed today regarding your relapsing MS?

I have learned over the years that I can still have a positive outlook on file.

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

Make sure that you are being treated by someone very experienced in MS so that all of the new treatments are available for you when appropriate. Keep yourself busy with life. Don't be afraid to be afraid, but face it and move on. Know that there is help out there, so LIVE!

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