I am new to the board and MS (diagnosed 11/16/06 within 2wks of my 1st symptom), my question is who do you tell you have MS and when. I have made some logical judgement calls (Immediate family.In-laws, anyone who may have to take care of my son (2 1/2) - Daycare, emergency pick up people, all of my physicians), but am unsure from there. A cousin of mine has MS. He is a second cousin on my mother's side, and is I would guess 20 years older than me. He definitely has a progressive form. His speach and mobility have definitely been affected. I don't know that my extended family has the where-with-all to do any research to understand there are different types ( I had no idea before I was diagnosed), and I fear the pity stares etc.... Explaining could be more troucble than it is worth.
Any comments or suggestions would be fully welcomed!