Sarah explains how she deals with the fatigue and cognitive issues resulting from multiple sclerosis.
It was very difficult. It was probably four months of just always being exhausted, and I just cut back on activities. I was 30 years old, very active in the community. I had a full-time job. I was also teaching, and I just found myself being able to do less and less, letting social connections slide because they were the last thing I could take care of, and when the cognitive issues started getting very bad, it was about the time I was finally diagnosed, and I decided I had to give up teaching because I just couldn’t teach anymore. And I don’t teach anymore.
Now I have been lucky to have worked with a neuropsychologist who helps me deal with the cognitive issues and has taught me strategies for dealing with them, has given me medications to help with the fatigue and the cognitive dysfunction so I have it under control. Most people wouldn’t notice that I have cognitive issues, but I do. And people who are very close to me know when I am having a bad cognitive day.
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