This month we are switching things up and I am introducing you to Real People with MS. Today, for Maria’s Monthly MS, we are turning the tables and I am interviewing Maria to kick off MS Awareness Month.
When were you diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?
“April 18, 2015”
What medication do you take?
Currently Copaxone, Lyrica, Flexaril, Lamictal, Welbutrin and Adderall. I’m in the process of getting a new neurologist so that will change. I haven’t had problems with Copaxone but the MRI reports that I have new lesions.”
Have you tried any natural therapies?
What have you learned writing Maria’s Monthly MS since your diagnosis?
“I’ve learned how to express myself better to my doctors. I feel like I’ve gone through a crash course in biology and neurology. I’ve become stronger this year and I have learned that being positive in a negative situation requires stamina.”
What would you like others to know about this disease?
“It’s really hard sometimes. Sometimes it’s not. Learn to ride the waves. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Recognize that I may not LET you see me on a bad day.”
How has MS made you stronger?
“MS taught me what matters and how simple things truly are. MS has increased my pain tolerance. MS taught me what it means to actually fall on your face. MS taught me to get up each and every time. MS made realize how many people are in my corner. It’s really crowded over here!”
How can we make others more aware of multiple sclerosis?
“I’ve been thinking about this for a few months. Nothing compares to the level of awareness the ice bucket challenge brought to ALS. Everything I’ve considered required some type of equipment, like This Bike Has MS. The past few weeks I have carried a picture of demyelination next to a picture of a healthy neuron. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it yet, but I’m hopeful.”
Please share Maria’s story to teach others that multiple sclerosis does not look a specific way. You might interact with people silently suffering every day.