Yesterday was definitely a day to remember as the title says. I had the opportunity to finally meet someone IN PERSON who has Multiple Sclerosis and is about my age! I have only met one person (offline) before who has MS and that was a nurse at Kaiser who was probably in her late 40’s. Don’t get me wrong, she was very nice, but it was tottally different to meet someone who was in my age group and who was sharing a similar experience (more or less) as me.
Janice is a few years older then I am and has had MS a little bit longer then me but we were not too far off from each other’s experiences to prevent us from relating to each other. Unfortunately she lives out of state and was only in town with her mother and stepfather to visit family but I am still grateful to have had the opportunity to sit down with them and share our experiences and knowledge over lunch. Who knows, maybe we will get another chance to hang out some day!
If there is one thing that I learned from Janice and her family, it’s that I need to be much more aggressive with my treatment and way more proactive. I can’t take no for and answer when it comes to asking something of my doctors: I need to know what I want, go in there, and get it, because this is my life, my body, and my health and I only get one round to do it right. The longer I sit around and let my doctors BS me, the more likely I am to experience permanent nerve damage and as much as I LOVE all these interesting symptoms…. I would like them to go away… As a result of the aggressive actions Janice and her family has taken in battling MS, she is in great health (with a few remaining symptoms of course) and is able to remain active in school and physical activities such as running marathons! Round of applause please!
So I just want to say to Janice and her family, THANK YOU, thank you for contacting me and setting up a lunch to sit down and talk. I was more then happy to meet you guys and hope to see you again soon!
If you would like to visit Janice’s blog you can do so by CLICKING HERE!