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 Sam.
How many years have you lived with MS?
“I was diagnosed in Jan 2015, about 14 months now. My neurologist feels that I have had it since at least 2008 maybe longer.”
What medication and/or natural treatments do you use?
What is something about MS that you wish more people knew?
“That every MSer is different; that’s why it’s called the snowflake disease. People can’t compare one MSer to another it just doesn’t work. This disease affects all of us differently, and just because we do not look or appear sick does not mean we are not.”
Any advice for someone who’s newly diagnosed?
“Connect with other MSers, ask questions, lots of questions. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, and listen to your body. Do what is right for you and what you feel comfortable with. Remember, this is your disease unique to you, and what works for one person may not work for someone else.”
How has MS made you stronger?
“Most definitely stronger both mentally and physically. It has also made me healthier. I cannot reverse the damage done, but I sure as hell can give it a run for the money, trying to prevent it from getting worse any time soon.”
My mantra is “I have MS…MS does not have me”
What do you think is the future of MS?
“Hope — because when there is hope, anything is possible.”
What quote inspires you?
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path” Buddha
Please share Sam’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.