A foodie who loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time with the animals on her farm
How did you find out you had relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS)?
“My relapsing MS symptoms first surfaced when I was taking a road trip with my family. My right foot went numb, then my entire right side went numb as well. I thought I was having a stroke. I went to the ER and was eventually told it was in my head. Years later, I woke up, and the right side of my body was numb. I thought I was having a stroke again. Went to the ER, and the doctor asked me, 'How long have you known you had relapsing MS?'”
- Q. How did things go after your relapsing MS diagnosis?
- A. “I was shocked, confused, and had little information, so I called my sister. She flew down right away to become my advocate, and my in-laws came down to help with the kids.”
- Q. How did you go about finding a treatment for your relapsing MS?
- A. “I worked with my doctor and tried an injectable MS treatment, but I discontinued that and went off all medications. Four or 5 months later, I had a month-long MS relapse that included tingling and numbness on my right side that was a little more severe than the other MS relapses, which concerned me, so I decided to start looking into other treatment options again.”
- Q. What do you tell other people with relapsing MS?
- A. “I want to encourage others to work with their doctor to find a treatment option that works for them. When it comes down to it, I want to do anything I can to help others with relapsing MS and to show people what relapsing MS can look like.”
- Q. How is living with relapsing MS different?
- A. “I've made lifestyle modifications but have managed to live a fulfilling life despite having relapsing MS.”
- Q. Why did you choose GILENYA as your relapsing MS treatment?
- A. “I personally did not respond well to other treatments. I talked to my doctor, and GILENYA seemed like a good option for me to try. Taking a pill works well for my lifestyle, and I'm free from injections."*
- Q. Why are you a GILENYA Guide?
- A. “I want to give back. Being a Guide helps me talk to others, and hopefully I can help them take charge of their health. Talk to your doctors and find the best relapsing MS treatment for you.”