Today, 9/8/11, is my MS Birthday - exactly one year ago, the doctor diagnosed me with MS and changed my life. It is crazy to think that a year has come and gone; at the same time it is crazy to think that it has only been a year. It was April 2010 when I first began noticing MS symptoms and the search for a diagnosis started. It was April or May 2010 when MS was first mentioned to me as a possibility. So in a way, it feels like it has been longer than a year. However, even though everything began in April 2010, I was not diagnosed until 9/8/10 and it wasn't until October 2010 when I first started taking medication for MS. It certainly does not feel as though it has been a year since I heard those fateful words from the neurologist, but alas, it has been one whole year.
In the last year I have gone from numbness in my feet and legs to numbness in my left hand, to no numbness; from L'Hermittes constantly bothering me to only bothering me when my core temperature goes up to not bothering me at all; from tingling when my core temperature rises to no tingling at all and back to tingling when my core temperature rises; from pain in my right eye (probably optic neuritis) to no pain to intermittent pain recently (usually at night); from fatigue to severe fatigue and back again (fatigue never really seems to go away, but I am never sure if it is solely caused by MS or a combination of MS, stress, lack of sleep, etc.). I am sure I could list other "ailments," but those are the main ones. Overall, I am feeling pretty good lately; generally, the only reminder of my MS I have is my daily shot (which I must say really does get old - I just want a break from it sometimes, but I forge on).
While I certainly am not celebrating a year with MS, I do celebrate the fact that I am doing well overall. I am celebrating the continuing research that is being done and the hopes of someday having a cure!