I was diagnosed with MS right after my 30th birthday (I am turning 40 in December). I was single, living in Seattle with an amazing career. I was skydiving and noticed numbness in my left arm which continued with pain for weeks. Eventually, after visiting many doctors, emergency rooms, etc I was told I have either metastatic cancer or Multiple Sclerosis. All I could think about was that my life would be over either way. I knew alot about Metastatic cancer for my career but nothing about MS. Either way, at 30 yrs old and single, no one would want to sign up for that. I would end up alone and living with my parents in a wheelchair. Needless to say, 10 yrs later, an incredible husband, and two beautiful boys under the age of 4. I have everything I could ever dream of. I have an amazing career in the medical device industry and hope to be ranked in the top 5% for North America this year (fingers crossed, I am almost there). It wasn't always so easy to get here though. Two pregnancies, jokes my the men in my old company waging bets if I would come back after a baby since "Mommies don't work" and "Mommies with MS really don't work". Allergies to all the MS drugs after my first pregnancy and a scary 4 months after my second baby full of bladder issues, collapsing, and pain. I am back though after being so blessed to be on the first oral drug for MS, Gilenya. I try to educate everyone on MS and have even shared my disease with some in my company fully confident of what I can do in my role there and knowing MS will not beat me.
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