I often talk about the emotional challenges I’ve had with MS, but I’ve only really hinted about my cognitive problems. So in this weeks post, I’m going to go into a bit more depth about my cognitive issues and how I deal with those...
This post is inspired by Shift MS’ Youtube channel MS Reporters.
MS reporters is a video library chock full of amazing content made by MSers for MSers, and I'm just loving this resource!
They have a comprehensive video collection for people who are newly diagnosed where experts share three things every newly diagnosed MSer should know, and it got me thinking, what would be the 3 things I would say to someone newly diagnosed with MS?
There were just so many things that came to mind, but when it came to narrowing it down to just 3 things I immediately focused on one of the hardest things I had to deal with: The emotions of being newly diagnosed.
This weeks post is part of A Chronic Voice's October Linkup Party which is a monthly get together for people with chronic illness to share and learn from each other's experiences.
October's Writing Prompts were:
My response to this month's writing prompt is about how I maintain motivation despite my MS.
For me, one of the most confusing things about Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) was understanding if I was experiencing a relapse or not. No one tells you what a relapse is and isn't, well no one told me that is, and I'm sure I'm not alone. How do you know if you might be experiencing a relapse? And at what point do you seek medical attention? When I was first diagnosed, I was only told that “if I experienced a relapse”, I had to let the neurologist know.
But what exactly was a relapse?
Is it when your symptoms come back?...That was my understanding of the definition of a relapse at the time.
A relapse is when I'm experiencing symptoms right?
There's a bit more to it than that.