This is the first time I have used a forum, so here goes. I am a college student, and just been starting to deal with what I have been hiding in the back of my mind for all of my life. My dad has MS. He was diagnosed around 20 years ago. He is doing fine and on Copaxone. He does not have any noticeable physical symptoms, or any others that he has told me. What makes me unique is that my dad has two other siblings with MS. He came from a large family, but even so, 3/11 siblings having MS is strange. The eldest one with MS died when I was young; I remember visiting him once when he was in a nursing home. The other sibling, my aunt, is still living, but is in a wheelchair and stutters. My problems are not that I am afraid of getting MS. I am just afraid for my dad. When I visit my aunt, I cannot help but see her and then think of my dad-that is probably him in 10-20 years time. I have told a handful of people that my dad has MS and only really talked to one person in depth.
The other major thing that happened to me was when I was a senior in High School. My US Government teacher showed West Wing-specifically one class he showed the episode where President Bartlett had his major MS Flare-up. It was somewhat traumatizing-I hadn't thought about my dad having MS in years. Again, I had the thought of, "that's my dad in 10-20 years."
The other thing is that my mom is not necessarily healthy either. She is a breast cancer survivor. My grandfather and her sister both died from cancer. I have been keeping this inside of me all my life. I was just wondering if you guys have any suggestions for me dealing with this.