MS doesn’t mean giving up on your ambitions, just rethinking how to achieve them. This wasn’t always my attitude—when I was first diagnosed in 2008, at age 23, I felt as though I had to completely reassess my entire life. That everything I had always thought that was entirely within my grasp was now so far out of it. I would never have thought that three years later I would have completed my studies, and become qualified as a lawyer with a great job in a large law firm.
I’m not saying it didn’t require a certain amount of give-and-take—I knew that at least in the beginning, stress was a big triggering factor for relapses, so I had to organise myself with regards to study, making sure there were no more all-nighters hitting the books!! And the student partying life had to be curbed a bit (but not TOO much…!).
After my diagnosis I was absolutely resolved to help myself as much as I could. So in addition to prescribed medication, I have been sticking to Professor Swank’s MS diet, and regularly meditating and keeping up the exercise. I figure I would never want to get so far down the line with this thing, and wonder whether there was anything I could’ve done differently. I wanted to give myself every chance I could at staying healthy.
So, with a few tweaks along the way, I got there – in December 2011 I was admitted to the bar. Now I can’t wait to see what’s next!