Hi, Could We All Introduce Ourselves on this thread?

New members should feel free to introduce themselves here

Postby Moonie » Mon Dec 29, 2003 4:53 am

Hi Everyone,

My real name John. I live in New Glasgow, NS, Canada.

I'm 53 and was diagnosed PPMS in March of '98. I'm married (22 years) and 2 wonderful teenage kids. I'm currently not on any medication, as there seems to be little available for those in my situation (i.e. Primary Progressive, emphasis on the Progressive). In the first 3 years after Dx I had my mercury fillings removed, took chelation, went on a low-fat, gluten-free diet, used Procairin, took copaxone for a year and tried to maintain an exercise regime (primarily swimming). Nothing helped slow my progression.

In the time since my diagnosis, I have gone from walking unaided to being in a wheelchair fulltime. I have had to leave a job I loved and go on LTD.

Not a happy story and I do try to get the message to others with MS - please don't look at me and my MS experience as an example. I am at the far end of the spectrum of what can happen. On the other hand, if my inner strength, determination and natural optimism can provide inspiration, feel free to take whatever works for you. 8)
User avatar
Moonie
Newbie
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:00 pm

Advertisement

Welcome...

Postby JoyceF » Mon Dec 29, 2003 8:18 am

Hi John...welcome to the group. Just wanted to mention that there is always LDN. Think it is so important to all to know that no matter what type of MS you have, LDN works the same. I must also say that this is not a symptom reliever. Any previous damage beyond a 3 month time period will probably not be recovered but if one can halt any further progress of the disease that is a wonderful thing. Many have reported improvement in fatigue and bladder problems. I've been on it for about 19 months now and so far so good. Ijust think that people need to know that regardless of what type of MS you have you can take LDN. Good luck to you and I'm sure our paths will cross here.
User avatar
JoyceF
Family Elder
 
Posts: 106
Joined: Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:00 pm
Location: Chicago

Postby lottydotty » Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:39 am

Hello everyone!

I was diagnosed with R/R in June 2002. I've tried rebif and avonex and I didn't care for either one.
I'm 30 years old, married with two kids and live in Portland, Oregon.
This monster called MS is so rude!
User avatar
lottydotty
Family Member
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2003 4:00 pm
Location: Oregon

Would like to introduce myself....

Postby kinch52 » Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:52 am

Hi Everyone,

My name is Michelle, I'm 51 & diagnosed last March with RRMS. I had minor symptoms for years but always put it down to stress. I woke up one morning with double vision, Bell's Palsey, vertigo, etc and went to ER with what I thought was a stroke. My Neuro suspected MS from the beginning but I thought he was crazy. I didn't take long before I had the 2nd & 3rd exacerbation & got diagnosed.

I started with Betaserone but had an allergic reaction to it so I am now on Copaxone. Doing OK.....but am slowly progressing.

On the upside, I have a grown daughter that I am very close to. She is getting married in October & I like her fiance alot. They have been great the last 10 months. I'm also a sucker for stray dogs & have 3 rescues.

I like this site. It's really easy to get around. The journal feature is great!

Hope to get to know you all better.
User avatar
kinch52
Newbie
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:00 pm

Postby Anne » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:34 am

Hi folks;

I'm Anne, in my 40s *smile*, diagnosed with RRMS in spring of 1999. My symptom at diagnosis was optic neuritis in one eye (central scotoma). I think I had exacerbations twice before in my right arm (spasticity) and right leg (foot drop). I didn't seek serious treatment until ON, though. No matter how much denial I would like to carry, blindness finally made me sit up and take notice.

I am now on Copaxone and doing fairly well. I was on Betaseron for a couple of years but developed nasty side effects. Plus, I still experienced TN and facial numbness while on it. On the plus side, I learned how to mix injectables fairly well!

The loves of my life are my husband, cat, and lovebirds. The pets rule the household. :lol:

Nice to meet you all!
Anne
User avatar
Anne
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:00 pm

Postby Bonnie » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:37 am

Hello back to you, Moonie, Lottydotty and Kinch. :)

Thank you all for saying hi and posting some information for the rest of us.

John, I am totally impressed by your attitude and am really looking forward to reading your future posts. I'm glad you introduced yourself and that you are willing to share your experiences with PPMS.

Lottydotty, your username makes me smile, I like it! But, you are too young to be treated so "rudely". If we could just tell the rude MonSter to back off, and leave you alone. :wink:

Hello Michelle. Isn't dizziness a joy beyond compare? I hope it doesn't still bother you. It was my constant companion for the first 3 years or so, then it gradually eased up. Now a days, I only have an occasional problem with it.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all better, I am loving this new forum board. :D

Annie, just read your post, it is good to meet you too. We are in the same general area, age-wise. :wink: I have become very interested in bird watching this past year or so. It is soooo relaxing. Would love to hear more about your birds. Thank you for posting.
Bonnie
User avatar
Bonnie
Family Member
 
Posts: 41
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:00 pm

Postby Anne » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:56 am

Hi Bonnie, thanks for the warm welcome!

Indoors or outdoors, birds remain wild. I think that's the most interesting thing about them, and it's the thing that people are most likely to forget. They haven't lived with us long enough to be domesticated.

The lovebirds have been an absolute trip! :lol: The female took over the house stem to stern. The male is much more subdued. I am getting used to being nipped every once in a while. :roll: It goes with the territory, like getting the occasional scratch from the cat.

Thanks again!
Anne
User avatar
Anne
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:00 pm

Postby Guest » Mon Dec 29, 2003 1:35 pm

Thanks for the welcome....I think I will enjoy this forum. It's nice to join early so you can get to know each other. I'm kind of shy on the MGH board.

Bonnie-yeah, the dizziness is fun! Thought I would lose it when I went from a blonde to a redhead...but no such luck! :D
Guest
 

Nice to meet ya

Postby maybelater » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:38 pm

Female 40 something. Married (20 years) one teenage son. Dx'd 10/03 after 3 yrs probable. Sx's to include but not limited to......dizziness, memory (or lack there of), migraines..and oh... the fatigue.

Saw 3 ENT's, 3rd one doing the MRI and finding 9 lesions. From there the jouney began with a neuro that I saw for 3 years, he went back and forth, from yes you have ms..to no you don't. Finally went to a MS Specialist and was dx'd within a couple of months. Started Avonex right away, still having side affects from that.

I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Thanks to all
User avatar
maybelater
Newbie
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2003 4:00 pm
Location: Ohio

Postby Bonnie » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:36 pm

Michelle, it is fun starting out at the beginning of a brand new site. One day we will be able to say we were here when the site began, well practically, since it started in November. :wink: Do you take Meclizine or Antivert for the dizziness?

maybelater, What a great username. May be later you'll tell us about what made you chose it. HaHaHa Another 40 something on the site I see. Sorry it took you a while to get dx, but glad you are able to fight progression now. I look forward to getting to know you too.
Bonnie
User avatar
Bonnie
Family Member
 
Posts: 41
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:00 pm

I'm in!!

Postby May » Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:16 pm

Hi Bonnie and everybody. I'm in! Poor administrators, been bugging them for days over a dumb mistake in my email setup. :lol: THANK YOU ADMINISTRATORS! (and I love my password, hee hee)

Anyhow, I'm May, I'm a 40-something, diagnosed R/R, doing pretty good, I have asthma too. This is a neat site! Glad I can log on as me and not "guest", now I feel like "family". :wink:
User avatar
May
Getting to Know You...
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Dec 25, 2003 4:00 pm

Postby Ptwo » Thu Jan 01, 2004 2:56 pm

Hey folks, Not much has happened on this site for the last 3 days so I thought I'd drag myself from the bushes where I've been lurking and introduce myself.

My name is Peter and I'm an alcoholic (woops, wrong board) Actually I don't smoke, don't drink, and have been happily married for 21yrs, 6months, 1 day and 1 1/2 hrs, but who's counting.

Diagnosed in Aug of 2000 after experiencing symptoms since 1987. I had a major exacerbation starting on July 4th of that year that knocked me for a loop. After going through all the testing and stuff my neuro finally gave me the IV steroids at the end of Sept and calmed this thing down. Unfortunately for me much damage was already done. I ended up closing my business ( construction of single family homes since 1981) and laid off my help. By March I was on SS.

Since that March I've been on Copaxone and have been exacerbation free. Last Aug something inside took a turn for the better and I'm starting to work again at least part time. Luckily some of my old customers stuck with me and I've got years of work ahead if I continue to do well.

Is the copax responsible? Or is this the natural course for *MY* ms? We will never know I guess but I would like to think it has something to do with it.

Hope everybody is well, Happy New Year! Peter
User avatar
Ptwo
Family Member
 
Posts: 75
Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:00 pm

Postby Bonnie » Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:20 pm

Hi to both May and Peter.

I guess we are all trickling back now, getting back on a normal schedule and routine. :wink:

May, you have asthma AND MS? Is Asthma also an auto immune disease? If so, how is it, handling both at the same time. I'm sorry you had so much trouble getting on the board, but glad you are here now. I'll look forward to your future posts and getting to know you.

Peter, that is quite a recovery you made for sure. I would think Copaxone had something to do with it. I know it helped me a lot when I started taking it. I like your sense of humor, so will be looking forward to your posts. :o
Bonnie
User avatar
Bonnie
Family Member
 
Posts: 41
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:00 pm

new to MS for someone I love

Postby Suzie » Sun Jan 04, 2004 10:04 pm

Someone I love has MS, with a recent flare up. I picked up a book to get more information that might help me be a support - and feel more devastated. There are so many different complications and so many problems - the book made it seem that there would be no happiness in the future for my loved one at all! Please, tell me you still find happiness - and how I can help the one I love.
User avatar
Suzie
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2004 4:00 pm
Location: Wisconsin

Postby Sally » Sun Jan 04, 2004 10:55 pm

Hi all new friends and some old ones (not in age) :lol:

Susie....what book did you happen to pick up? It must have been one from the nineteenth century. Can you have MS and find happiness? Of course you can and do. I have had MS for 35 years and I'm happy......been married to same wonderful man for all of those 35 yrs, and have 3 wonderful children and 6 grands and a shitzu. :wink:

There are more serious forms of MS, but the majority of MSers, including those in wheel chairs, have found life to be happy and rewarding. A positive attitude is most important. Life changes and there are realistic limitations, but there is no limitation on happiness.

Glad you are all here...this could become one of my favorites.

Hugs to All
Sally
User avatar
Sally
Getting to Know You...
 
Posts: 12
Joined: Wed Dec 10, 2003 4:00 pm

PreviousNext

Return to Introductions

 


  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


Contact us | Terms of Service