You've got artwork on the Queen Mary 2? Wow, congratulations. I have seen one of your paintings and it looks excellent. It's amazing how many creative people have this illness.
I had MS for years before I was diagnosed, also. In 1997 my right eye stopped moving which rectified itself and in 2000 in woke virtually blind, which again rectified itself. Then, in 2004, while walking through Derby town centre- where I was a mature student, studying creative writing and English- I had to sit down in the middle of the precinct. There I was, crossed-legs, Saturday afternoon, scorching day, with shoppers passing by me. I was diagnosed the following February, 2 weeks before my 30th.
Unfortunately, the illness has taken away my passions in life. My girlfriend of 10 years put up with my diagnosis for 5 years, but her departure didn't even bring a tear. The things I struggled to come to terms with were the activities I could no longer do. I was an excellent golfer; not played in 10 years. My balance and legs won't allow it. I was also a pretty good guitarist, but the coordination and numbness in my hands meant my version of Wonderwall sounded like a collapsing wall.
However, since starting the protocol, not only am I playing the guitar again, I'm also finger-picking the strings... FINGER-PICKING! I'd given up on the guitar, now, after 6 years on it's stand, it's being played again. Who knows, maybe golf in the future isn't completely out of reach?
But yes, G, I did go in head-first and I'm just glad I didn't ruin things. My impatience got the better of me. A round of golf is my ultimate aim, but anything where I'm using my legs again would be brilliant... Good luck to you, too.
This illness is horrible but the people involved seem solid gold, so thanks again