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     It seems ever since I’ve turned 40(I’m 43 now)I have been having serious health issues. In 2011 I was diagnosed with MS. It has literally disrupted my life as I knew it. I had my 1st symptoms 7 years prior to my diagnosis. It took changing doctors and my symptoms worsening to get the ball rolling for treatment.  

     I suffer with pain all the time. Numbness in tingling in my arms, hands, legs and feet. No feeling in my the left foot. My balance is off. I fall down on occasion. I have trouble climbing stairs and trouble standing from a chair or the toilet. I have severe migraines. I get confused and lost in familiar places. I have trouble speaking at times and trouble finding words when having a conversation. My vision is blurry because of optic neuritis. I have lost my peripheral vision and the sensation to feel when someone is behind me. At times I will lose sensation when I sit and I get vaginal numbness.(tearing)

     Ever since my diagnosis there has been one thing after another. In May 2012 on Mother’s Day my gift was an emergency appendectomy. Not to long after the surgery I went into a relapse which eventually landed me on a psychiatric ward for major depression with anxiety/stress. This ordeal was from May -August 2012. Having surgery puts tremendous stress on your body. Surgery coupled with a chronic illness wreaks havoc on the psyche and the body.

     The next major event was in October 2012. The weekend of Super Storm Sandy. I began having chest, shoulder & arm pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER. {Side-Note}(this is when I first noticed my heart rate being elevated but I thought it was because of the pain I was in)I’ll get back to that. After an ultrasound and a CAT Scan the final answer was my gallbladder being full of gallstones. So, woe is me I have cholecystitis(inflammation of the gallbladder) and I am headed for a cholecystectomy(removal of my gallbladder).  

     Of course after this surgery I head right into another relapse that last until February 2013. Hold that thought I’m crying now and need to pull myself together.

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