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Multiple Sclerosis: Changing Your Body and Mind



MS can change one's life in drastic ways. Some people are diagnosed early. Others go years -- decades even -- not knowing what condition they have. Either way, all patients are bonded by their wide variety of symptoms and the sometimes invisible form their disease takes. Chronic pain is no joke and it's a big part of MS for most people.


For many, it changes them in positive, unexpected ways as well. Such is the case with MS Warrior Lizzie, whose story we want to share with you today!


When were you diagnosed and what was the first thing you did when you found out?

10.09.2019. It was the evening so I just headed home and began reading up about it online. Amazingly enough, I felt rather relaxed about it all. Maybe it was the shock?!


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

Feeling grateful for the small things, taking each day as it comes, and not worrying too much about anything! MS has given me a completely different perspective on life and pushed me to become a better, kinder version of myself.


How has MS affected your daily life?

Luckily my symptoms so far are minor and don't affect me day-to-day. I'm sure this will change in the future but you can only take one day at a time with MS and feel grateful every day you wake up feeling ok!


What is the greatest achievement you have accomplished since being diagnosed?

I've been promoted at work, I think in no small part because of how I've changed since my diagnosis. As mentioned earlier, I like to think I'm a bit kinder and understanding now! MS is a humbling experience.


What advice would you give someone who is just learning they have MS?

Try not to worry. As it goes in Que sera, sera; "whatever will be, will be - the future's not ours to see!"


What other thoughts would you like to share?

MS isn't a death sentence by any means. I'm an optimist and also like to think it won't be a life sentence either for much longer - MS research and treatment is coming along leaps and bounds and I'm excited for what the future brings!


Want more MS stories? Here are a few of our favorites:


-- MS and Motherhood with MS Warrior Kelsey

-- Multiple Sclerosis: Attitude is Everything

-- MS Warrior: Marti Hines Represents Women of Color

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