31 Days of MS: Finding My Balance, Both Mentally and Physically
Day 28 of 31
This is Roy Padilla’s (@royale_padilla) story:
My journey with MS began around fall 2008 (allegedly). One morning, I woke up with a small headache, that day by day got worse. It became so bad I couldn’t keep my balance. My family doctor prescribed Tums. Unsatisfied, I got a second opinion. It turned out to be a bad case of vertigo, but I was unaware of what caused it.
Fast forward to winter 2010: I felt something in my eye I couldn’t rub off. It got bigger, to the point that I was blind in one eye. My new family doctor suggested I get assessed by an MS specialist. Turns out … I do have MS.
I was surprised and scared at the same time, especially since we have no history of MS in my family. I wouldn’t say I was in denial at first, but I definitely didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. I wasn’t making major changes, just relying on the medication I was prescribed.
As I learned more about MS, within the last seven or eight years, I definitely made changes to my lifestyle and habits. My new approach is to live a balanced life, both mentally and physically. I don’t claim to be the most health-conscious person, but now I make more of an effort to take in stuff that’s healthier for my body and keep in moderation the not-so-good stuff.
I pay attention to how my body reacts when I’m fatigued. I learned that stress can be a trigger, so I’ve become more mindful of my mental state. Exercise plays a big role in helping me deal with MS: I stick to a consistent routine to keep my mind and body active. I have regular check-ups with bloodwork and an MRI once a year. Fortunately, I’ve been healthy enough not to need visits outside of regular check-ups.
It’s been a while since I’ve had severe symptoms, but this journey is far from over. My goal is to live as healthy as possible and experience life as much as I can — while staying in balance. I try my best to focus on things within my control.
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