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Multiple Sclerosis Touches Many Lives


multiple sclerosis awarenessMarch is the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s National MS Education & Awareness Month. To help raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, we would like to feature two personal journeys with MS from Lauren’s Hope customers.

Kevin Patrick was diagnosed with MS in 1992. He writes:

“It all started with what I thought was my socks sliding down and bunching up in my shoes on both feet.  I would take my shoes off and find that my socks were fine, so I didn't think much about it.  But this kept on for days.  Then I started having tingling and numbness sensations starting in my feet and moving up both legs.  My legs weren't actually numb but that's how they felt.  I went to the doctor and they ran blood tests.  Nothing was found.  They put me in the hospital overnight so that the neurologists would come and see me. They came in and did some tests, including a CAT scan but nothing ever showed up.  So the next day they released me.  The day after that the numbness feeling had progressed up to my waist.  So I called my doctor back and they told me to go back to the hospital immediately.  The neurologists came back and did a spinal tap (not the most fun I've ever had).  They were baffled.  They said that I either had a virus in the spinal cord or I had MS.  I was like, MS??  I really had no clue what that was.  They then did a series of MRI's and they showed me the areas in the brain where they suspected the MS was residing at the time. I took the MRI's and went to an MS researcher at Baylor Hospital in Houston.  I wasn't with him 10 minutes before he said, yes, indeed, I have MS.”

After his diagnosis, Kevin and his doctors began to treat the disease.

“They started me out on a daily injection therapy.  At one point my fatigue had gotten so bad that they put me on an IV drip of basically heavy duty Prednisone.  That was done for 5 days, which was then followed up with oral Prednisone.”

Presently, Kevin hasn’t taken any meds for quite some time, as he explains,

“they really weren't doing much for me.  I have annual physicals and watch for any new signs.  I fight the mood swings and depression daily.”

Kevin has a very positive outlook on living with MS.

“I am very fortunate because there are so, so many others that suffer so much from this disease.  I don't feel sorry for myself and never have.”

Sara Westhead’s father, Gerry Collins, was diagnosed with MS in the fall of 2007. According to Sara,

“he suddenly started having unusual symptoms, and after a series of tests, it was diagnosed as MS. He had had a history of varying medical problems, and, looking back, the doctors believed they were all pointing to MS. A few months later, that diagnosis was changed to Primary Progressive MS.”

Sara and her family live in Bermuda, and her father now spends half his time there and the other half in the United States where he has more access to treatment. Her father is very involved in the Bermuda Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Thank you to both Kevin and Sara for sharing your personal journeys with all of us. Both of your stories underscore the importance for more education and increased awareness of multiple sclerosis.

Here are some great MS resources:

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Years ago, I had a distant cousin 
diagnosed with MS. She lived in a 
wheelchair for about 6 months and 
passed away in her mid-20's. Back 
then, in the 1960's, there wasn't 
much any one could do except accept 
the fate. 
Today, many people are living with 
MS. One of the Mouseketeers,Annette, is living with MS and is in a wheelchair. Which brings me to point out, had 
we been living 50 years ago and 
even longer, we would not have had 
the medical technology we have today. I, along with others, feel 
blessed to be living in this age. 
And even more blessed to have some 
people like Jenna to be so concerned with us she and her team 
have come up with wearable, stylish 
and beautiful ways to make medical 
ID's so we are not embarrassed to 
wear our ID's proudly.
Posted @ Sunday, March 27, 2011 2:33 PM by Linda Britnell
I am so glad we have such beautiful bracelets to wear now and not the ugly ones i used to hide or didn't wear at all and took a chance with my life now when i travel I don't have to worry about an accident and getting seperated from my purse where my ID for my MS and diabetes stuff is on my card now it's on my arm !!!! 
Posted @ Sunday, March 27, 2011 7:42 PM by Terri Stevens
Thank you for sharing your stories. This reminds me that we need to be aware of what is going on with our bodies and pursue answers even when we have to push for them.
Posted @ Monday, March 28, 2011 9:00 AM by LeAnn
@Linda - I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. But it is incredible how far medical technology has come. I'm glad to live in this age too. 
@Terri - I'm so happy to hear that you're happy with your medical ID bracelet! Thank you for commenting. 
@LeAnn - It's not always easy to get doctor's to believe you when you know something is wrong with your body, but you're right, it is so important to push for those answers and get the diagnosis and treatment right.
Posted @ Monday, March 28, 2011 1:02 PM by Rebecca
No Ms is not easy.. Neither are any of the other Dis-eases out there.. but with the help of this website and others like FB and the National MS Society..we have a community. Of course, taht includes all the other Dis-eases out there too!!! I request brochures so that I can give them out either at MS Meetings or at the Walk every year.. and sometimes I put them on the cars in the Handicap parking at stores that I visit.. I personally have 2 of their bracelets and wear them proudly.. Yes I have MS.. Diagnosed 11-1999 at 28yrs old...11.5yrs Stronger and Im still walking... Remember its a choice to be happy when you wake up each morning. Its a choice to be stronger. Thank you to Laurens Hope for your wonderful jewelry..which might I add has its own story...
Posted @ Monday, April 11, 2011 3:38 PM by Kimberly
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