MS doesn’t mean… not getting to the bar

by Rachie

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!

One Response to MS doesn’t mean… not getting to the bar

  1. Many congratulations on your achievements. You are quite right that you must do everything you can to keep the onset of MS progression at bay. Do everything you believe might help. Personally, I found diet to be of little benefit but positive thinking was. I had 2 kids before my diagnosis and 3 shortly afterwards and a publishing/exhibition business to run. Had I stopped to obsess about what the future might hold, I wouldn’t have achieved half of what I did. Finally, I knew that my fine motor skills were suffering, so I sold my company and semi-retired. It was my exit plan in anticipation of worsening symptoms. 19 years after diagnosis, I am wheelchair bound and no longer drive but at least I have 3 healthy kids and re-marriage has also helped bolster my feeling of self-worth. I have taken LDN for 10 years. Although it hasn’t halted the disease, it does boost endorphin levels and we can all do with that extra bit of help.