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Lauren's Multiple Sclerosis Journey

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Lauren Adams-Rice

Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

I’m Lauren and I was diagnosed with Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in September 2016. I’m not going to lie, my diagnosis was scary and definitely caught me off guard. But as the reality sunk in, I actually found some relief in knowing why I had been so unwell for so long. As a wife and mom to an amazing 7 year old daughter and 5 year old fur-baby, I always strive to find the positive in every day.

Finding the positive with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis has definitely changed my life. Over the past two years I started walking with a cane, had to stop working, moved to a house with no stairs and am on my second disease modifying drug therapy. Sounds rough, right? Sure, it was an adjustment. But through it all I’ve found a way to see the positive. I may walk with a cane, but I found a super cool one. I had to stop working, but I spend more time with my super cool daughter and have more time to focus on my health. I had to leave my first home, but now we live much closer to family and friends. See, not all bad, right? And that’s my whole mindset to offset the difficulties that do come along with this disease.

laughter is always the best medicine

I’m very open about my condition in the hopes of showing my daughter that having a good attitude and a sense of humor can help you get through anything. I share my story not only to connect with and learn from others with similar experiences, but to help show others that a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis isn’t the end. I truly believe that you can still live your best life even with a chronic illness. Keep smiling fellow warriors and remember that laughter is always the best medicine.  

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