Bluejeans wrote:I am curious to know how many people with MS are now over 70 years old.
If you are, or know someone who is, please respond with a simple yes and how many people you are representing.
I will also post this on the CCSVI discussion, so please don’t answer twice.
70andcounting wrote:I agree with the comments about attitude. We can't change what is, but we can control the way we react to our disease and our symptoms. I'm 70 now, diagnosed at 54, first went to my family doctor at age 44 with what we now know were clearly MS symptoms. Can look back and see that I probably experienced early symptoms at about age 35. For the first 20 years, MS did not affect my life other than raising questions about why odd symptoms were happening. From 54 - 60 I began to develop symptoms that affected my lifestyle -- increased fatigue, difficulty maintaining an exercise routine,etc. I have also heard that MS progression slows dramatically in the latter years. That has not been the case for me. In the last 10 years, I have gone from using no assistive devices to "wall walking," then a cane, then a rollalator, then to a walker and an electric scooter for longer distances. I am now on my third set of leg braces. When I feel down about this accelerated progress, I find help in directing my thoughts to all there is to be thankful for in my journey with MS -- a loving helpful family, an excellent team of medical professionals, wonderful primary and secondary insurance, a house designed for handicapped access, ability to drive with hand controls, the opportunity to be employed part-time, etc.
David1949 wrote:Earliest symptoms started at age 45. Dxed at age 47. I am 67 now and still walking with a cane and leg brace, but just barely. Still drive my car. Driving is not a problem. Recently had a stair lift installed as it was becomming difficult to walk up or down the steps. My grandkids like riding on that. They call it grandpa's rocket to the moon. It's really slow though.
I have the primary progressive variety of MS. The progression of disability has been mainly a straight line sloping upward, gradually becomming worse.
Having a supportive family and friends helps.
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