Kimberly - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
As a caregiver for over 25 years, The diagnosis was quite a shock to me. I knew about MS from working in the community and in Long Term Care and I admit I got scared. I cried at the Dr.,s off ice and all the way home, then I got angry and thought about what was in store for me and my family in the future. I am a very independent peerson and I will not give up my independence that easily. I got my diagnosis in April of 2008, and shortly thereafter, not even 2 weeks, I did my first walk for MS. I have recently had my licensce revoked and am unable to work. I use a can to help maintain balance and have a lot of tingling and numbness in my arms and legs. I suffer from extreme fatigue which really hits me about mid-afternoon. I am very stubborn and need to learn that asking or help is not a sign of weakness. The old adage, "Better to give than to receive." is very difficult when you are on the receiving end. I find you really need to have a positive attitude if you are going to make through the day, pace yourself and take it one day at a time, as every day is different when it comes to symptoms. Attitude is the true disability. Motivation determines how well you do it.