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Postby Carolinesms » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:45 am

I was diagnosed with MS on Wednesday, July 14 2010. I think I'm somewhere between denial and scared out of my mind. I hope I can make peace with this one day...
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Postby oreo » Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:55 am

Welcome to our little family. Sorry you have to be here.

Depending on where you are coming from, mentally speaking, a diagnosis of MS can be a very emotional experience. Knowing that you have the disease, you can at least learn to work with it and adapt as you go along.

It is quite all right to give yourself a few days to get over the initial shock but then it is important to face the issue and deal with it, denial serves no good.

You will find nothing but support here.
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Postby dlb » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:56 am

Hi Caroline,
I was where you are 5 years ago.... July, 2005. I was terrified and my symptoms were exacerbating with the stress. I had a wonderful GP who made me understand that I would go through a phase of emotions not unlike grief. He assured me that a large percentage of people live relatively normal and productive lives with MS and that there was sooooo much progress being made in the treatment of MS and his belief 5 years ago, was that in my life time there would be a "cure" or a way to effectively manage MS - because of the many studies and research efforts that were happening even then. Once I emerged from that grieving period, I just chose to do the best I could as far as keeping myself healthy until something better came along - putting my faith in the hopes that it would. CCSVI may be that thing and it is the one thing that makes sense of many things before and after my MS dx. You will find so much information on this site. It is overwhelming - a dx of MS and all there is to learn. Be well - there is much hope right now.
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Postby KateCW » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:54 pm

There are a ton of us here in Calgary, I am afraid. I remember feeling much like you say you do now. Took them a long time to diagnose MS, they said it was transverse myelitis at first.

Honestly, you will start to feel less afraid, but it takes us all different amounts of time and experiences to discover our new "normal"
Kathy, 49 with PPMS,full time scooter.
Married to a wonderful man, mother to a darling 9 yr old boy
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