31 Days of MS: Stay Positive, No Matter What Happens

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Marek Klimkowski

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Day 17 of 31

This is Marek Klimkowski’s (@runningwithms_pl) story:

My MS story began probably when I was 14 years old, but the disease wasn’t confirmed at that time. I had been bitten by a tick and diagnosed with Lyme disease. I had nystagmus — repetitive, uncontrolled eye movements — dizziness, and numbness in the left part of my body. Unfortunately, even a lumbar puncture did not raise any concern to doctors that it could be MS.

Until 2009, everything seemed fine. I was treated for Lyme disease but after visiting a sauna in Turkey, I had problems with my right eye. Nearly half a year and a lot of eye examinations later, I went to the hospital where, once again, I underwent a lumbar puncture which confirmed that it was not Lyme disease but MS.

I was quickly placed on Rebif therapy (I took it for six years), but it affected my memory and came with side effects and needles. Right now, I am taking Tecfidera pills.

Unfortunately, results of a recent MRI exam showed some changes in my brain. On the other hand, I feel good. I try to exercise every day and even started running, which I do regularly with better and worse results, but I enjoy it a lot.

Also, I don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, but I do have an addiction to tattoos.

My motto is to stay strong and active in life as much as possible. My wife says I am an incorrigible optimist but staying positive helps me when I feel fatigued or experience pain caused by MS. The most important thing for me is to stay positive, no matter what happens.

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