Being a cancer survivor and living with diabetes you’d think I was done with new diseases. Then one morning in July of 2013 I woke not quite as well as I was when I went to bed.
I could not see.
It was not that I was completely blind but it appeared as if I had looked too long at the sun. The problem was that I could see. I could see that there was something wrong. I made a bad choice and drove to work and did not have an issue. I could see large objects like cars and made it to work safely.
While working it was difficult to see the computer screen; the brightness was the main issue but it was all a blurred mess. I knew I had to be looked at and went to the emergency room not thinking it was going to be anything terribly serious. Having diabetes I am prone to vision problems.
After my X-ray and MRI I was told I had a stroke and was admitted to the hospital where I spent 24 hours dealing with it and telling friends and family.
Then I find out from a doctor that my stroke was MS. I was not pleased to find out I was misdiagnosed, but with MS it happens all the time. So I began the road of dealing with living with MS because it is a lifetime commitment.
It has been a bumpy road, but as a cancer survivor I’ve learned I can handle anything. It is not an easy disease to have but I have a tremendous support system of family and friends. My girlfriend has been amazing.
Beth, the woman at the helm of this site, has been more of a help than I can ever credit her for.
I will continue to grow with this disease and learn everything I can along the way. It is a long road but it is crowded with many other MS patients
My favorite quote is one Warren Zevon said, “Enjoy every sandwich” basically to enjoy every moment and bite of life.
Patrick is a Chicago born comedian and blogger. He is in school to be a teacher and enjoys playing ukulele and listening to music in his spare time. He uses humor to deal with adversity. He is where tragedy meets comedy and comedy always wins.