When were you diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?
“I’ve learned a lot since my diagnosis. I’ve learned that people are unsure of what MS is and that I can be their educator. I’ve learned that my little voice can bring lots of awareness to this disease. I’ve learned that I’m a strong woman. I’ve learned that I have an amazing support system. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things in life more. ”
What would you like others to know about this disease?
“MS is just a label, its an answer to the battle my body is fighting. Everyday I wake up not knowing what my day is going to hold, but what I do know, is that I’m going to give it my best fight and make it the best day I can. Things get hard and days are not always good, but as long as I keep fighting I’m going to be okay. I’m still the same person, who loves to do the same things, I just may fall a little more.”
How has MS made you stronger?
“MS has made me stronger in many ways. I know what it feels like to fight to regain feeling in my legs, and that moment of joy when you can walk like yourself again or can put your hair up in a pony tail. Those small moments that we take for granted are moments that have made me so much stronger mentally. Pushing myself through a workout and taking care of my body has made my physically stronger. Doing those extra lunges or pushups, make me strong enough to pick myself up when I fall flat on my butt.”
Please share Vanessa’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 and Yvonne’s Real MS Stories.