Does anyone is this forum feel as if they can't get the thought of having MS out of their minds aslo?
Do any of you feel as if you are alone no matter how hard people close to you try to comfort you?
Any additional help, OR helpful suggestions, and feedback is greatly appreciated!
- Broken sailor
I don't know what your symptoms are or what type of MS you have, but not all symptoms get worse. Because the nature of MS is so sporadic and unpredictable it can be scary, but for the same reasons it can be hopeful. If you have a symptom it can go away too. I had double vision for a month straight and on and off for a year and now I have no double vision and haven't for 4 years.
I know you are feeling like a 'broken sailor' because you are mourning the loss of what you once were. You will still be a sailor, although you might have to be a different sailor than you were or your peers are. Dealing with diagnosis of MS is a grieving process, and though you will have support from people in the way they can support you, this process is mainly a solitary one. I guarantee you though you will be stronger for it when you come out the other side. You will have a kind of strength that your fellow sailors may never achieve.
"The wound is the place where the light enters you." Rumi
First, take a deep breath. You have found many supportive friends at this site. You are not alone, we are here to help in any way we can. We come from diverse experiences and hold diverse ideas; my own personal suspicion is that too much insulin starts the MS cascade. We do not necessarily agree with each other in our thoughts on MS; you will probably not agree with some of us either; we only ask for tolerance when we express unconventional ideas.
From this day forward, I encourage you to eat a healthy diet (a good idea whether or not one has MS). Many people find that diet can influence the symptoms of MS. In my opinion, this means a low-carb diet -- removing all sugar (including beer, wine, etc. which have sugar and trigger insulin production), removing all artificial sweeteners, including sugar alcohols like sorbitol, xylitol, etc. (These promote insulin production, too.), removing all trans fats (These also increase insulin.), and white flour, white bread, white potatoes, white rice (in fact, all carbs so far as possible) from your diet. I think that excess insulin plays a great part in MS and suspect that Fatty Liver Disease is also involved. Diet is important. You may find the account of Dr. Terry Wahls and her dramatic improvement interesting (http://www.TerryWahls.com).
Certainly for me, MS is always on my mind.
By the way, in view of recent reading I have done, I wonder if you know if you received a vaccine against tuberculosis in the battery of inoculations you got the military?
You may find useful information in the forum, "Veterans and MS," in the index: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/veterans-and-ms-f51/
We are glad that you found us; we look forward to your participation. Welcome.
As far as friends and coworkers are concerned, they will never understand what you are going through. This might be wrong but I haven't told anyone except for my family and a few close friends about my MS. It hasn't changed who I am do why do they need to know.
I wish you all the best.
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