Sarah discusses what first went through her mind when she learned she has multiple sclerosis.
I was numb, emotionally and psychologically I think. I kind of knew it was MS before my doctor told me, and he was very gentle in the way he told me. He was very, very kind about it, but I think I had already prepared myself for the diagnosis. But I was in the hospital at the time and I just started thinking, “Okay, now how am I going to structure my life?”
I was 30 years old, single, living alone in the city in a sixth floor walk-up, and what, was I going to need to stay independent? And I started thinking about, Okay, let’s try to find an accessible apartment. Should I move back home with my mother? Am I going to need to go on disability? And all these things racing through my mind, and I kind of was figuring my life as I knew it was over.
And a few months later, I realized yeah, okay life as I know it is over, but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. I kind of stripped down my life and kind of only focused on the things that were really important to me and have tried to keep that up as the years have gone by and have developed a great life for myself.
I am married. I have two children. I am very active in the MS Society. I work part-time, and I am very active with a lot of different things. And most people wouldn’t know I have MS, but I think the only reason all these things are in my life is because I have MS. It really made me rethink what I wanted to do with my life and who I was and where I wanted to devote my time and energy.
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