I don't have MS, I'm not the direct care provider of someone with MS. However, MS has touched my life for 30 years.
Fact: MS can occur at any age, but the average age of diagnosis occurs around age 27/28.
Never one to break the rules, too much, Joan's first symptom was in March 1991, five months before her 28th birthday (and three months before she was married.)
Fact: Optic neuritis, which can include blurred vision, graying of vision and temporary blindness in one eye, is often the first symptom of the disease.
Joan's first symptom was losing the vision in her left eye. Although the sight usually recovers, it also comes with symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, and many more. Joan never did regain her sight and deals with these other symptoms as well.
It has been a real challenge for her as the disease came on during her peak years for advanced education, career and family-building. Joan has had to make decisions not on her ability and enthusiasm but on the limits of her health.
The thing about MS is that often you can't tell by looking at someone that they even have the disease. The family and close friends have to be aware of all the different symptoms and help out as we can. For our family, although Joan looks good, we know she isn't always feeling good, and we have to adjust our expectations and be aware of her health.
Get your family and friends to join in the fight to end MS! Join us on Walk Day!
When you pledge me in the MS Walk, your funds are invested into groundbreaking MS research and services for the over 100,000 Canadians living with MS.
Thank you in advance for your pledge to create a more hopeful future for those affected by MS