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Multiple Sclerosis: Attitude is Everything

Here at MS Insight, we are dedicated to sharing patient stories, to offer hope, encouragement and community to the hundreds of thousands affected by Multiple Sclerosis around the country and the world. We are thankful to some of you MS Warriors who have been willing to share your stories with us!

Today, we are bringing you the story of Tennesha, who was just diagnosed in May of 2020. Check out what she has to say about how MS has affected her life and how she is handling things moving forward:

What was the first thing you did after you got your diagnosis? Changed my diet & exercise routine to help control symptoms.

What is something good that came out of your MS diagnosis?

My outlook on life. I have more appreciation and gratitude for the little things.

How has MS affected your daily life? Its as much of a mental battle as a physical one. Despite my long ‘to do’ lists, somedays I have to just sit down and take an ‘off day’ both to recuperate my body but also to relax my mind. As a mother of 2 young children, It’s hard to just sit back. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the control. MS does.

What is the greatest achievement you have had since being diagnosed and how were you able to achieve it? I went from not being able to walk, to walking without mobility aids. Lots of steroid treatments and physical therapy. This was all while raising a newborn (born March 2020), as well as a 3 year old toddler.

What advice would you give to someone just finding out they have MS?

As scary as the internet may be... research, research, research! Everything. What MS is, treatments, the medication you start taking etc...Knowledge is power!

Any other thoughts you would like to share? Despite how difficult it is to live with an invisible illness, it has brought me closer to my loved ones. Find your ‘tribe’. Don’t be shy or ashamed to reach out for help. I was at the beginning... once I learned to accept my ‘new normal’ asking for assistance wasn’t as difficult.

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