Andrea’s Diagnosis Story
- by Andrea L.
- March 20, 2017
Andrea L. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Read the story of how I reacted to my RMS diagnosis.
Four words. They explain so much and so little at the same time. These four words prompt questions, answers and more questions. They may make you feel relief and terror at the same time.
“You have multiple sclerosis.”
November 12 was the day I heard those words. Even though it was 23 years ago, I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was young, single and working in my first job out of college. I had my whole life ahead of me. That’s when I felt my first RMS symptoms.
My symptoms started with numbness in my right hand. Soon, the numbness spread to my arm, then my leg, until my entire right side was numb. The right side of my forehead became numb and, eventually, my right toes, as well. That scared me. Things got scarier when my speech became slurred and I lost sight in my right eye.
I wondered what my symptoms could possibly mean and what was causing them. When a neurologist diagnosed me with RMS, I was relieved, because there was a name for what I was experiencing, but I didn’t know much about it. My first question was, “Am I going to die?” The next question was, “What are we going to do about it?” That’s when things got really scary; there were limited options available to manage RMS at that time.
Fortunately, we’ve come so far since then. Today, when someone hears those four words, he or she will hear about different ways that the disease can be managed. To me, that’s moving forward.
I believe the MS community is stronger today than ever because of the hope — hope that we’ll continue to have ways to manage the disease and hope that the next time we hear those words, we’ll be closer to a cure.
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Morgan | March 26, 2017I was diagnosed when I was 17 years old. i had a very similar experience as you
Teva's Lift MS Team | March 27, 2017Thank you for sharing, Morgan. We wish you the best!
Rae | April 09, 2017My mother and her mother both had MS. MY 40 Year old daughter was just diagnosed with RMS. I don't believe she has really excepted this problem. I don't want to push her but so far she's not doing very much, it worries me. She's hardly ever eats. Mostly she just sits on the couch. She very irritable with everyone. I've been here before, I'm just not handling this week myself, just keep strong and
Teva's Lift MS Team | April 10, 2017We are sorry to hear that, Rae. We hope your daughter continues to work with her health care team. Please keep us posted on her progress.
Angela | April 09, 2017I was diagnosed in 1999. My symptoms were similar to yours. It took 3 months of testing to be diagnosed. I am now 45 years old and have fought many hard battles to maintain my health. Mostly fatigue is my worst symptom. I have come far, and will continue to fight. My best wishes go out to you, and all who suffer from MS
Teva's Lift MS Team | April 10, 2017We love your fighting spirit, Angela. Thank you for sharing.
Phyllis | April 17, 2017I was diagnosed in 2003 at age 50 yrs. old.
Teva's Lift MS Team | April 18, 2017We are always here to listen, Phyllis. Please reach out whenever you need to.
deborah | April 23, 2017Andrea,
You are a positive woman,as is my 45 year old son,with RRMS,
for 3 years! He gets tired,as he has a stressful job,but is always
positive,and never complains.Best of luck to you!