Multiple Sclerosis News Today Forums Forums Living With MS My biggest concern post-diagnosis was whether MS is inherited

  • Ann Kenney

    May 8, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    You can have a genetic disposition to MS. I have an aunt and cousin with MS.

  • Mike Purcell

    June 3, 2024 at 8:27 pm


    To me, it really wouldn’t matter. Here I am. MS for 25+ years. I don’t know of anyone I’m related to with MS. I wanted to reply to be a good MS Society – message board participant. I hope you’re well.

    • Jilly

      June 23, 2024 at 10:44 pm

      I am 62 with 12 years of PPMS and I can only search back to my aunts, but as far as I know, there was no MS in my family. I joke about blaming my dads faulty sperm for my MS, and only 7 months ago I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and I joked about blaming my mother for that as she died from breast cancer. But then just a few months ago I had a blood test and I am pre-diabetic. I have to put my hand up for that one as I have fueled my body with sugar for ever. So, no more ice-cream for me, no more lollies for me and no more chocolate either.

      On a more serious note. I believe we inherit our past lineage trumas, dating way back to the beginning. Never in a million years did I expect to get all my illnesses. The PPMS is the one that has changed my life the most, in a negative way, I have let MS take my life. I got through the cancer treatment very well, in fact I was on a natural high because I had something to get up for, for 7 weeks of treatment. As for being cancer free, I will know in August 2024.

      Heart attacks and cancer are in my family, that’s all I know.

      I am so glad I never had children, it stops with me.

      Jilly PPMSCCPD

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