Special education schoolteacher • Master's student
How did you find out you had relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS)?
“I was having really bad headaches. The doctor prescribed migraine medicine, but my headaches persisted. My mother came to my next appointment and persuaded the doctor to look for another cause. I was referred to a neurologist and had an MRI and spinal tap that indicated relapsing MS.”
- Q. What was your initial treatment like?
- A. “When I was first diagnosed, I started on an injectable medication. That really was difficult for me for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of injection-site reactions.”
- Q. What's your stance on relapsing MS?
- A. “At first, finding out I had MS, I sorta broke down. But with time and perspective, my MS helped me make a real commitment to myself. Today I'm more motivated to stay active and to try not to let anything hold me back. To be honest, I've always been one to try new things and have fun. Now I just make sure that I focus on all my interests, not just work.”
- Q. What do you tell other people with relapsing MS?
- A. “I would encourage others with MS to keep trying. Never give up. There's a treatment that will be right for you. There is so much improvement—all the medicines and technologies available for MS treatment have come such a long way.”
- Q. How has living with MS changed you?
- A. “I'm trying to encourage myself to get more involved in MS social groups—both online and live meetings. I want to keep learning more and help others.”
- Q. How did you come to find GILENYA®?
- A. “I was preparing to ask my doctor more about GILENYA when the doctor actually brought it up to me. My doctor had already been thinking it might be a good treatment choice for me.”
- Q. Why are you a GILENYA Guide?
- A. “You know MS is very different in different people, and I can't say that because GILENYA is working for me that it will for anyone else. But I am excited to share my story with others. We all learn from each other.”