So it has taken a while to write this blog post. Back in 2007, we dodged a bullet. Or, more accurately, we thought we dodged it. But in March, thanks to follow-up MRI tests, we found out that I too have multiple sclerosis. Well, “probable MS.” Probable because I have had only one “clinical episode” back in the fall of 2007; a second episode is required to make a definitive diagnosis. My plan is not to have a second. 🙂
What I have learned over that last couple of months is that MS today is so not the same as my daddy’s disease. And thank God for that. The disease modifying drugs that were being developed when I was in college, now have ten plus solid years of FDA approved use (okay, the fact that college was that long ago makes me feel old). So I started daily injections of Copaxone in April. And while I do not love daily injections, I’ve seen the alternative and I will do my shots every day without fail. They offer me the single best chance to have as normal a life as any of us gets.
And to be honest with you all, I have surprised myself. For as long as we have worried about this happening, I am really at peace with this (and Chris is too). Strangely, I actually feel like this has given us the information we need to make plans and move forward with life. Good plans and a full, fun life.
Here is the best part. I feel great. I am eating better than I ever have (still with lots of room for improvement) and exercising more (still lots of room for improvement there too). And we are happy. Really truly happy. And relentlessly optimistic.
The doctors tell me that their goal is that I never lose the ability to walk, and in this day and age, that actually seems like it is really possible. In our families experience that never really seemed plausible before. But it does, and it is.