Angie Randall is a Chicago mom living with multiple sclerosis. I am excited to introduce Angie and her optimistic and informative website Well and Strong with MS to you.
How many years have you lived with MS?
I’ve had MS for 2.5 years.
What medication(s) do you use?
I’m on Tysabri which is a monthly infusion. I’ve been on it for one year and have had great results from it (knock on wood!).
Do you do any natural therapies or treatments to fight MS?
How has MS affected you as a mother?
There are certainly precautions I’ve had to take and parts of my life I’ve had to modify but I’ve been able to figure out a “new normal” in motherhood. I definitely make my health a priority not only for myself but also for my daughter.
What is something about MS that you wish more people knew?
That it’s not the end of the world! When I was first diagnosed, I assumed the worst. I thought my life would never be the same and while that’s true to some degree, MS is not the same disease it was 10 or even 20 years ago. Medications and treatments have advanced so much and new treatment options are coming out every year. I’m able to live a very full and active life with the disease which I try to demonstrate to others through my blog, “Well and Strong with MS”. I started my blog to show people just that.
Any advice for someone who’s newly diagnosed?
I know it’s overwhelming at the beginning, but I’d suggest a couple of things:
- Find a neurologist you trust; interview a few until you find someone that you are really confident in
- Seek out others who are thriving with the disease and see what they attribute their success to be and learn from them
- Take control of your own situation and find a medication or treatment option that works for you
- Be positive! This is hard to do in the beginning but it’s going to be your best asset throughout your MS journey
What do you think is the future of MS treatment?
It feels like every day there are new medications on the horizon which always gives me hope. I’m now excited about Ocrelizumab. The effectiveness of the drug is supposed to be very high and an infusion only every 6 months seems ideal!
Thank you, Angie. You inspire me.
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