This month in honor of MS Awareness Month, we are introducing you to Real People with MS. Today Modern Day MS writer Rachael is sharing her interview with Sadie.
How many years have you lived with MS?
“I was diagnosed with MS in June of 2004, so this year will be my 12th year.”
What medication and/or natural treatments do you use?
What is something about MS that you wish more people knew?
“I wish people knew that just because someone looks “OK” on the outside, they’re not necessarily fine. MS is an invisible and individual illness- no two people look or feel the same way.”
Any advice for someone who’s newly diagnosed?
“It is a lifelong illness, but not A LIFE SENTENCE. Enjoy the moments- and try not to predict your future.”
How has MS made you stronger?
“It has caused me to focus more on the little things in life and recognize my blessings.”
What do you think is the future of MS?
“This one is so hard for me. We all talk about “the cure,” but I’m not sure what that even is. Will I go back to pre-MS life? Will my children be able to prevent being diagnosed? Will I still have lesions, but feel better? For me, the ideal is something similar to a vaccination- where future generations can prevent it.”
What quote inspires you?
“What the caterpillar calls the end, the world calls a butterfly.” -Lao Tzu
Please share Sadie’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 Vanessa, John, Maria and Yvonne’s Real MS Stories.