Flautenmusic wrote:the thought of not being able to play is not only heart wrenching, but also financially frightening.....but I am a very determined person
It must be devasating for you to have lost the feeling in half of your face - I come from a musical family and my sympathies most definitely go out to you.
In my (minority) view stress is a massive and grossly underestimated contributor to MS. Not just stress but a whole range of stressful emotional states.
Your determination could prove to be a twin edged sword. Successful musicians tend to be intense, ambitious, emotional people who are driven and determined to get on. Quite often a regular dose of self criticism is thrown in! Admirable qualities in many ways....but a far cry from the relaxed, easy going, laid back state of mind that I believe will best serve you to obtain remission from MS symptoms.
The trouble is, such a state of mind is the hardest thing in the world to achieve when this is such a dibilitating and unpredicatable disease!