Hello peanut 3636. I am active duty as well, and I was diagnosed with MS a few months ago myself. I know how hard and frustrating this entire process can be. I have been in for over 6 years now, and I am currently awaiting the medical review board process. I have been told that I am not fit for active duty, and that I would get a "medical retirement". This entire diagnosis has brought nothing but bad juju for my career. I have been treated differently and I think that I am often sought out as the "broken one" hence my screen name. I really do not think that the military treats MS patients with great care. I have been taking 3 different medications since July, and I had a recent BCA failure although I am not allowed to conduct/participate in any type of physical activity. My COC would not help me out to get a waiver for my body's consistent changes, and our so called "expert" medical staff would not assist me either. Their only defense was: no thyroid issue, and to "eat healthy" to prevent weight gain. I pleaded my case and I also showed evidence of weight gain for my medications not to include: depression, stress, and anxiety that has been going on since my diagnosis. I was denied the waiver and now I will suffer for this and no one is in my corner. This entire process has been nothing but a painful nightmare, and I pray that the Va will compensate me.
Now I have to just wait for the MED process to commence and see what I will get. I am kind of nervous because I feel like I am always being pushed to the side now that I have MS. There are days where I am SIQ (in quarters) and unable to function. My symptoms vary from day to day despite the medication that I am. I am starting to feel as if I am alone in this battle, and that I will continue to be shunned for not being able to keep up with my peers in certain aspects.
I hope that things work out for you peanut. God is the only one who can decide out fate. Have faith and know that there are worse things out there than this.
ssgwild, I thank you for sharing your story as it has brought light to how veterans are treated when having a life altering condition. I wish you the best of luck in life as well, and I hope that you get what you need out of the military.