The way you are feeling now is quite normal for someone just dx'd with ms. It's a very bitter pill to swallow. I'm the husband of a woman who was dx'd 3 1/2 years ago (she had symptoms for many years before) - yes we were both devastated at first. Here we are 3 1/2 years later - my wife bikes 10 miles a day, works, snowshoes, and we have been to Europe twice since her dx. What I'm trying to say is that ms is NOT a death sentence, and is fairly common, especially among folks living in northern climates.
As others have said, you could go 20 years without many symptoms.
Now for the really good news - medical breakthroughs in the past few years have been coming fast and furious: oral medications, stem cell trials, genetic mapping, and possibly the biggie - CCSVI. If your not familiar with CCSVI - in a nutshell - many doctors are now suspecting that ms can be caused or at least made worse by blockages in the jugular veins. These can easily be opened up by a simple procedure. Lots of people have been helped so far, but it's still brand new and not fully accepted. Stay tuned to the internet to follow this fascinating story.
Chances are, due to medical science MS may become just a minor annoyance within 10 years.
Meanwhile there are lots of things you can on your own do to improve your odds : diet modification, healthy lifestyle, positive attitude. Go to the
direct-ms.org website for tons of very helpful info.
No, your life is not over by a long shot!