I’m sure you’ve read this a million times, but here I am…a newly diagnosed 23 year old woman. I was diagnosed about 10 days ago, and think it may be starting to settle in now.
I had a few weeks of facial numbness last year, which passed without much issue other than my confusion about how weird it was. I just carried on with little thought until recently; I woke up and couldn’t stand or feel my entire right hand side. I was convinced I had had a stroke in my sleep – terror. Some hours later when a stroke was ruled out, that little word MS which I hadn’t even thought about since my face returned to normal appeared in my mind. Many hours were spent reading about it in my boredom at the hospital (as well as many hours staring at my foot desperately trying to make it move!); by the time the doctor came to his diagnosis I had already processed the thought.
I am stilling hobbling round at home now, with numbness still throughout my right side. My arm feels like it it working against a ten tonne weight – typing is a whole new game!
I’ve read a lot of dispair about MS in the last week, and really could do with an injection of positivity. I am tackling this one hurdle at a time – step one is get this foot moving. Step two, well I guess that begins whenever this MS Nurse meeting is arranged. I hear she will become my new best friend?
A whilrwind for sure, but modern medicine is amazing – positivity is the key, surely?!
p.s. Guess who wiggled their big toe today?! PROGRESS! 😀
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