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Sherry R., Diagnosed with MS in 2005, Female, 55-64, Married

How did you first find out about your relapsing MS?

I had been involved in a car accident and was undergoing physical therapy. After a session, my right leg went numb from the hip down. I could still feel sensations, but they were like those I have had after having an epidural. I went to see my orthopedist and was referred to my neurologist. It was there I was presented with the possibility I might have MS. Test results concluded I did have MS.

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

For a short time I did not believe it. Afterall, I was 45 when I was diagnosed. I was worried about the burden I would be to my family and the changes I might have to make in my life. I had a five minute cry where I allowed myself to have a pity party, then I dug right in and wanted to know how to fight it.

How has your outlook changed today regarding your relapsing MS?

My outlook has always been the same. I do not worry about what might happen anymore. If I do that, I will miss everything in the present. Now I don't allow the disease to define who I am, not that I ever did.

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

Find a treatment that works for you and stay with it. Remain positive in your outlook. Don't dwell on the what ifs and what could be. Live every day to its fullest.

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