Yes, I have been there, too. It really was not that long ago when I lost my ability to walk without assistance as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. I remember feeling the overwhelming sense of helplessness and sadness that seemed to take over my life. I’ve been there with everything being so much of an effort, from getting out of bed to simply just breathing. I’ve had the vision scares – when everything is blurry and dark for hours. THAT is scary (especially when it happens as you are driving!). There are so many other things that I have experienced with my issues as well: extreme fatigue, numbness, brain fog, swallowing, and many more, which I will be sure to discuss in future posts. I am still not completely symptom free, but I am a hell of a lot better!
I remember when I was first diagnosed, I was introduced to another individual that suffered from MS. He was in a wheelchair and the thought of heading down that road terrified me. Especially because he said it all started with Drop foot like me. He used Juice Plus and he said it helped him. Maybe it did a little, but in my mind not enough because he was still in a wheelchair. Of course, meeting him and then reading all of the material that I could find on MS and other auto-immune diseases was a real downer for my mental wellness and for the hope of my future. I remember being so scared for my toddler and new born, that they wouldn’t have the kind of mother that they needed. And for my husband, who would need to take care of the three of us.
After a year of traditional treatments (which only seemed to make things worse), I decided that enough was enough. This was not going to be my life (you can read my full story here), so I made the changes that I felt I needed to, in hopes of turning things around. It has been a long road for me with this journey, but well worth it. Don’t get me wrong, I still have “those” days, but I can walk and I am a lot more normal than I have been in a long time (I even earned a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do) – and I am drug free. For those of you struggling, there is hope out there to be happier and healthier and I hope that my blog and story can help you get there.
Stay tuned for more!