Munnsy wrote:Hello to everyone, everywhere!
I am new to the site but, unfortunately, not so new to this condition we share. I consider myself to have been lucky though, I have had MS for twenty one years diagnosed and despite the fatigue (there's no fighting that, is there?) I am still doing really well. I have been married for 15 years and have a beautiful daughter of 12.
I did have a very frightening period before diagnosis when I developed an awkward limp and was falling all over the place. I had severe numbness in my hands, chest and feet. I struggled to hold a pen, cut food, etc. Despite this, my recovery from my one and only relapse was pretty much full and I am so thankful for that. I have always remained positive and smile through each day but it is a hard struggle and so difficult as I think we MSers portray ourselves better to others outwardly but the inward struggle remains a tough and personal one.
Yesterday I became emotional about having to admit to the Driving Licence Agency that I even have MS at all. I live in the UK and have recently moved house thus prompting the need to mention my illness. It is a legal requirement to change address on a licence so I applied for a pack to do so. However, on the form there is a question which asks you to tick if you have any of the following illnesses. Of course, MS is on there! Trouble is that there is a statement about falsifying information on there which could lead to a hefty £1000 fine, even 2 years in prison. I now feel that if I do tick the box it means that I also have to fill in a questionnaire which means I have to admit to my date of diagnosis but that was in 1993!! I have never informed them as I feared the hefty premiums on my insurance (all other insurances I have purchased been heavily weighted due to MS). I suppose what I'm wondering is - has anyone else experienced similar and, do you think I'm worrying too much. I guess that my options are to admit the MS and take the flack for not having told them for all these years or continue hiding the full truth. If I was in any way a risk to anyone on the road due to my health I would not drive but I am lucky to be this well and suppose I resent being penalised for no reason. I apologise for the heavy introductory letter, does anyone have any advice to share?
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