Since I now have baggage, do you think that there are people out there that will overlook the MS and marry you anyway?
Yes, Wilson. You can still find love. My husband has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. If you don't know what those are, psoriasis is a skin condition, also considered autoimmune, in which the person gets red patches, called plaques, where the skin grows too fast. In his case, more than 30% of his body was covered in plaques when I met him. He also is one of the the lucky 10% who gets a form of arthritis with his psoriasis. He has had good and bad times with it since before I knew him and certainly during. He gets a lot of help now from Enbrel--a drug he injects himself with once a week.
He's my soulmate. And it never occurred to me for even a second not to marry him. That was almost seven years ago. And guess what. About six months ago, I found out I have MS. So I guess we're soulmates in more ways than either of us ever imagined. I joke that, since I haven't started Avonex yet but intend to soon, we will soon be a two-needle household. And to look at us, you'd never know anything was going on (pray, let's keep it that way).
In any event, that's my long-winded way of saying you can find love, regardless of what ails you. The right person is the right person, regardless. Just concentrate now on taking care of yourself and feeling your best.
And be looking for a note from me soon asking for your encouragement as I take my first trip down Avonex Avenue.