31 Days of MS 2022

31 Days of MS: My Horse Remains the Unbroken Center of My Life

Photo courtesy of Anna Sochocky Day 31 of 31 This is Anna Sochocky’s (annasochocky.com) story: “The MRI shows lesions on your brain and the upper part of your cervical spine, which explains the numbness throughout your body and the limited function on your right side,” my new neurologist…

31 Days of MS: I Keep My Body Moving and Life Is Good

Photo courtesy of Lance Schultz Day 30 of 31 This is Lance Schultz’s (@drlschultz) story: My first symptoms began in 2006, the year I turned 50. At first, a cold breeze on my legs would cause severe spasticity. I would walk like Frankenstein’s monster. Shortly thereafter,…

31 Days of MS: Having MS Has Made Me a Better OT

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Singleton Day 26 of 31 This is Stephanie Singleton’s story: I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in August 2014 after going to the hospital for new-onset double vision. I was not surprised when the emergency room doctor came in to tell me that…

31 Days of MS: Bodybuilding Freed Me – One Workout at a Time

Photo courtesy of Marie Pontini Day 25 of 31 This is Marie Pontini’s (@mariepontini) story: The page on the previous chapter of my life had turned. It was pointless to wonder why, hang on to my past expectations of the future, or worry. My accomplishments, education, and knowledge were…

31 Days of MS: ‘Lissette, You’re an Ironman’

Photo courtesy of Lissette Mares Day 19 of 31 This is Lissette Mares’ (@ms.ironman) story: There is so much in life we get to choose but there’s more that is out of our control. I find myself telling people we are all dealt with many cards in life,…

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

Photo courtesy of Marek Klimkowski 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…

31 Days of MS: I Do My Best to Be Strong

Photo courtesy of Pamela Neckameyer Day 16 of 31 This is Pamela Neckameyer’s story: My symptoms started in 2004. I would trip and fall for no reason. My mind would say “walk” but my legs wouldn’t move for a few seconds. I went to a neurologist who tested…

31 Days of MS: My Diagnosis Helped Me Find My Purpose

Photo courtesy of Melody Sapien Day 15 of 31 This is Melody Sapien’s (@autoimmune.wellnesswarriors) story: Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was 15 years old. In a lot of ways, I am grateful for my diagnosis because, without it, I would have never…

31 Days of MS: We Are All Stronger Than We Think

Photo courtesy of Rennie Rankin Day 14 of 31 This is  Rennie Rankin’s (@yogaren) story: My name is Rennie and I have been living with MS since the early 1990s, diagnosed on 6/2/2003. I will never forget how surreal it was hearing my diagnosis and feeling…

31 Days of MS: My Support Team Is Invaluable

Photo courtesy by Michael Drohan Day 13 of 31 This is Michael Drohan’s (@mdrohan) story: I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 18, right before high school graduation. I describe the 18 years since as a slow decline in my abilities. My relapsing-remitting MS has shifted to…

31 Days of MS: Better and Brighter Days Are Coming

Photo courtesy of Inês Velosa Day 12 of 31 This is Inês Velosa’s (@inesdnobre) story: On June 6, 2021, after some confusing days, my husband was diagnosed with MS. I remember hearing this diagnosis for the first time and thinking that life, as we knew it, was…

31 Days of MS: Riding a Horse Works Wonders for a Man

Photo courtesy of Tyler Campbell Day 11 of 31 This is Tyler Campbell’s (@tcspeaks32 ) story: At 22, I was suffering from paralysis and even erectile dysfunction. I felt so lost and yearned to be found. I needed a friend, someone to lean on who wouldn’t judge…

31 Days of MS: MS Has Taught Me That Timing Is Everything

Photo courtesy of Alexios Touloupis Day 7 of 31 This is Alexios Touloupis’ (@alexios4real) story: I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March 2016, my junior year of high school, when I was only 16. For months I struggled with one health problem after another. It was…

31 Days of MS: How I Support My Friend Who Has MS

Photo courtesy of Laurie Lambert Day 4 of 31 This is Laurie Lambert’s story: The first thing I did was worry. When my friend told me of her MS diagnosis, I thought: she has always been the sharpest member of our circle — the one with the most expansive…

31 Days of MS: A New Mindset Made Me Stronger

Photo courtesy of Zaki Farzand Day 2 of 31 This is Zaki Farzand’s (@zakifarzand) story: Hi, I’m Zaki Farzand, and I’m 33 years old. Here is my MS story, so pull up a seat, grab a coffee, and sit back. I still remember the day I got my…

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