DAILY LIVING & MOBILITY

Living life to the fullest with MS

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Hannah Noelle

You have within you right now everything you need to deal with whatever the world throws at you.

I have been living life as a type 1 diabetic since I was 4 years old. It was May of 2016 when I woke up one day with tingling in my feet I immediately thought diabetic neuropathy because it was the most logical explaination. But when I went to my endocrinologist she told me everything was fine. I still had no answers and was more confused than ever.

Over the next few days it only got worse and the tingling progressed up my legs and caused muscle weakness. It got to the point where I was having problems walking so I went to an ER to get some answers. After getting MRIs and blood work with nothing showing up I was sent home with a diagnosis of lower back pain and muscle weakness. Well, that did not satisfy me. Within 2 days I was in the hospital because I physically couldn't even walk 10 steps to the bathroom. I was in the ER and got admitted within 30 minutes. After more MRIs, spinal tap, blood work, etc, I got the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. I had never heard of this disease before and after some research I thought 'okay, I can handle this'.

Boy was I wrong because I also got the diagnosis of Transverse myelitis. Now normally it takes care of itself and people are left with very minor side effects. Not me. After months of not being able to walk my doctor told me that I was a rare case where the TM killed off about half of my spinal cord. I was dumb founded. Who the heck even knew this was a thing?! Not me! I have had my ups and downs over the course of these past few months but if anything I have learned who was truly there for me and cared for me.

I am currently wheelchair bound and unable to return to normal life but I have learned a lot. 1) Not everything can be seen by the naked eye (MS is known as the snowflake and invisible disease) 2) There is a huge stereotype when it comes to anyone with a physical disability 3) Life puts you through many obsticals but it's who comes out stronger who receives the most wisdom. Life does not always go as planned, but life takes you where you are destined to be. God only gives the hard situations to his strongest soldiers.

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