In an interview with an individual, Diane R., living with MS, she revealed her daily trials and tribulations.
Q: How long have you had MS, and what kind do you have?
A: I was diagnosed in 2005, and I have relapsing-remitting.
Q: What happens to you in a relapse?
A: I experience weakness from the heat. My body generates spasms, numbing, tingling and double vision. I become unbalanced. I also cannot wear closed-toe shoes because of the heat. I have 33 lesions on my brain, but I still have RRMS, which is the least progressive. I try not to pay attention to how many lesions I have, but to where they are located on my brain. I am positive when it comes to my illness because I can still walk.
Q: What is the best approach to handling your illness emotionally and physically?
A: As for emotionally, I use prayer for support and to deplete my stress level. I try to remove myself from stressful situations. On a physical aspect, I’ve had to learn not to do things that will overheat my body. I’ve also learned to do things in stages and to take breaks when I become tired.
Q: What would you like to tell me that would impact my readers?
A: The most important thing is your faith. When I was in a wheelchair because my symptoms were so bad that I couldn’t walk, I prayed the hardest that I ever have before. God put me through it, and I believe that is why I am not in a wheelchair today.
Q: What kind of treatment are you on?
A: I am currently on Copaxone, and I luckily do not have side effects. I sometimes have a little itchiness in the injection site area.
Q: What are your doctors saying about any kind of progression of MS?
A: They are unable to determine any kind of progression because the disease is so complicated and unknown.