Hi, I’m Suzanne. In 1998 I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). I was 19. At that time my symptoms were fairly mild. They consisted of some numbness and tingling in my extremities, several episodes of optic neuritis in both eyes at different times, and I felt tired a lot. My MS continued on that course for about six years. Then my MS began to become progressive and I now have few, if any, clear attacks and have some permanent disability.
Today I am 34 years old. My symptoms include weakness in my right leg and arm, foot drop, balance issues, MS fatigue, eye problems, overactive bladder, constipation, muscle spasms, and occasional nerve pain. I am on an oral disease modifying therapy and two other medications to treat specific symptoms.
I can’t walk long distances anymore. I use a cane, a foot drop device, and a mobility scooter. Typically I use the cane anywhere outside of my home or workplace, then I use my cane and my L300, and I use my scooter anywhere I might be required to walk around longer like at the grocery store. I also use my scooter in my home when I am too tired to walk at all.
I try to approach life with openness and a positive attitude. I see it this way, I have two choices; to live well despite having MS or not. The latter doesn’t appeal to me. Read I have Multiple Sclerosis to learn about my motivations for starting this blog to share my experiences.
I live in Las Vegas with my husband, my 13 year old Springer Spaniel, and my two cats. I work full-time. In my spare time I like to read, write, swim, hang out with my animals, and explore new places with my husband.
Nothing contained in this site is intended to serve in place of advice or treatment from licensed professionals. It is only a chronicle of what I’ve encountered in my continuing endeavor to live well despite having multiple sclerosis. This is the story of my survival. This is how I live through the difficult challenges presented by this disease.
I do not receive any compensation for mentioning products on this blog.