Learning to Not Be Defined by RRMS
- by Mark O.
- January 22, 2018
Mark O. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Being diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) can be scary, stressful and life changing, and for me, it certainly was. After my RRMS diagnosis I began to look at life differently. I made it a priority to not let my RRMS define me. I surrounded myself with positive support, planned to strictly follow the care plan my neurologist and I came up with together, and even viewed my diagnosis, and the subsequent journey, as a starting-over point.
I had heard of multiple sclerosis before, but I didn’t really know what it was. All I knew was what it was doing to me based on my symptoms, and some days it felt like my RRMS was working against me. I decided I was going to try my absolute best to overcome the challenges my RRMS presented. I began to look at my daily routines, adjusting them so they were right for me. I also found a neurologist that I liked, and together we came up with a disease management plan that worked for me. Learning all I could about RRMS disease management and managing my stress and body better led me to change my diet. I reached out to Teva’s Shared Solutions® for resources and support. I was embarking on a new journey and needed to be well prepared.
Despite feeling scared and somewhat alone, I now had a support team of people who could help me and answer my questions. I was comfortable with my neurologist and I had a fresh outlook on prioritizing my health to manage my RRMS.
I also started to look at everything as positively as I could. My RRMS came with some challenges, but I used daily coping strategies to maintain a positive outlook, I didn't take anything for granted and stayed true to myself. I realized that although my life had changed, I was not going to be defined by my RRMS diagnosis.
A journey is just that. It isn't a single step and your goals aren't handed to you. Roads get bumpy and sometimes new roads have to be taken. I have had to walk down some roads I never intended to walk down. I chose to cherish the journey and I am determined to continue to overcome any obstacles by facing them head-on.
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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
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