emg8187 wrote:sorry to type a topic so blue
but im 19 years old, had life ahead of me, now ill be lucky to be 50.
don't see the point in dating, school, anything really
I am just recently Diagnosed but I have had MS attacks for about 10 years now, just never knew because they were always mild and went away. ANYHOW, there are a few things for you to know:
1. MS is Chronic, not Terminal. MS should have very little bearing on how long you live your natural life. In fact, I would wager that people with MS taking care of their supplements, vitamins, diet and exercise will in many cases end up living longer and healthier than people with NO MS.
2. The real power in MS is that you now know what you have. You can now pursue a drug therapy program to reduce how often and how severe your relapses are. And now, when you do have a relapse, you can try to stem the problems you face with steroids right away.
3. The pipeline of MS treatments and drugs is full. This is because there are HUGE profits to be made in treating MS, but regardless think about this: The first MS drug hit the market in 1993. The first MS pill hit the market in 2010. There are between 5-7 MS drugs that will be potentially hitting the market in the next 2 years. Long story short, the best medical minds in the world are working their butts off to put forward better and better treatments. As young people with MS, we can look forward to these.
Anyhow, MS is scary, but it doesn't define you. It is just something that affects how you feel sometimes. The meaning of life is different for everyone, but there is no reason to let MS dictate what your life will or will not be - You still want to make your grades, meet someone nice to date and enjoy all the things that are great about life.