John and I met years ago at a support group put on by the National MS Society. Since then many of us have stayed in contact via email and Facebook. John is one of the funniest, upbeat people I know and despite the battles we all fight with multiple sclerosis he continues to keep a positive attitude. He always jokes that at least he still has his hilarious personality and really good hair, which always makes me laugh. John is one that I confide in when I am feeling down and he is very knowledgeable about MS. I am blessed to know such an amazing person.
How many years have you lived with MS?
“I am going on my 10th year anniversary.”
How old were you when you were diagnosed?
“It was four days before my 40th birthday. Happy Birthday, right?”
Are you on any medication or use holistic therapies?
How has your life changed since being diagnosed?
“Really, the only thing is that I am a lot slower than I used to be, which keeps me closer to home.”
What are the positives of having MS and how have you grown stronger?
“There really aren’t any positives to having MS but it does give you more of a perspective on life around you. Now things around me are not as bad as it seems.”
Any words of wisdom to others battling this disease?
“The only thing I say to others is, it’s not the end of the world, life is not perfect but we do what we can. Stay positive and always move forward.”
What quote inspires you?
“When a door closes a window opens.”
Please share John’s story to teach others that multiple sclerosis does not look a specific way. You might interact with people silently suffering every day. You may also enjoy Maria, Vanessa and Yvonne’s Real MS Stories.