Hey, people. It’s been a while but I’m feeling introspective and have been thinking about my childhood a lot recently. With the 20/20 hindsight goggles I can clearly see that I started experiencing symptoms when I was a junior at primary school. I can only be sure because the pins and needles in my right leg suddenly started happening one day when we were sat cross-legged on the floor for morning assembly but the oldest kids – 10/11 – sat on benches, so I couldn’t have been that old yet.
Since that day, I still can’t really sit cross legged.
My insomnia also started at primary school but secondary school is when that really got its moment to shine.
I was maybe 14/15 when I first noticed the l’hermitte’s, 17 when I started having dizzy spells and spasms in my arm and 18 when I had the ON attack that led to diagnosis.
It had always been a running joke that I was clumsy and that bits of my body would twitch or shake – I’m looking at you, Disco Leg – but it had never occured to me that they were in any way linked.
The very dea of Multiple Sclerosis came out of nowhere: I’d heard of it but all that I knew was that it involved wheelchairs so it never had any relevance to my life. Who knew that it would become the most relevant thing in my life?
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