I am a 30 yr old female from Europe and I was diagnosed with MS in December 2011. It all started in November when one day I woke up and had a feeling like all my right side of the body has fallen asleep. To shorten the story...my MR showed one lesion in C2 - this one was causing me the problems and some really small lesions in other places. As you all know how it is I was shocked at first - I didn't really know a lot about MS, only the bad hings of course
I went to see a neurologist and she send me to do some tests - spinal something (I don't know the term in english, sorry) and the testing of the eye nerves. The spinal test came back positive for MS (actually it said more something like the results are leaning to this diagnose blahblahblah) and the eye nerves test came back negative. My neurologist wanted to put me on Copaxone before I did any of the tests and I declined that, so I am currently not on any drugs but I have to decide until my next appointment which will be in a few months. I usually make my decisions really fast, but this is the one I can't seem to make no matter how hard I try. I am afraid that if start this drugs I will feel sick - I don't mean the side effects but that I will start to feel sorry for myself and treat myself as a sick person.
Have to say that I am pretty lucky so far and I don't have symptoms for days and then just some vibrating sensation in my right leg or my right arm. So when that happens I just take some time off - I read a good book or something to take my mind off of it and then it stops.
I've been reading this forum a lot, just never decided to post anything but just the reading has sometimes gave me a positive attitude towards all this. In rl I don't know anybody with this diagnosis but sometimes I wish I did and could talk to them, just rant a bit and then feel better - it's such a womans thing isn't it?
To end this quite long post I would like to say that there are already a lot of things that this diagnosis has taught me - I appreciate the small things more and I try to count the good things and not focus on the bad ones.
Have a nice day/night