Each month I want to highlight someone in the MS community who is doing amazing things for themselves and their MS diagnosis!
If you’d like to be interviewed and share your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
When were you diagnosed with MS? What was it like for you?
Officially diagnosed in 2020 but it’s been suspected since 2015 when I had optic neuritis for the first time. Back then I didn’t want to accept the diagnosis but with the help of my sister and husband I began changing my diet to focus on healing MS naturally. Fast forward to August 2020 and another optic neuritis flare but this time I was able to accept that I do have MS and began changing my diet and lifestyle again.
What did you think was going to be the hardest part of MS? What was actually the hardest?
I thought I would have to be on medications for the rest of my life but after having taken them the hardest part was realizing medications may not be the answer. While they may be great for some MSers they were not right for me. I now put in the work needed to be the healthiest version of myself.
Have you or are you currently taking any MS medications?
I took daily Copaxone injections for a couple of months but the side effects become worse than the actual MS so I discontinued it.
What is the symptom you struggle the most with?
Vision disturbances. Optic neuritis mainly.
Have you made any diet changes that has helped?
Yes. My diet is free from gluten, dairy, legumes, corn, soy, processed sugar, and nightshades. I haven’t had gluten in over 10 years and did process of elimination for the rest starting over 5 years ago.
Have you made any lifestyle changes that has helped?
Less social outings and more activities have been helpful the past year. Also starting each day with a positive attitude has helped tremendously.
Was your family/spouse/friends supportive of your decisions; if not did they change their minds afterwards?
Honestly, everyone in my circle has been supportive even if they don’t all understand the changes I’m making.
What is the most impactful thing you’ve done to help your MS symptoms?
Food planning is key for me. Sounds simple but making sure each day is filled with the right foods takes a bit of thought. Planning my family’s meals a week at a time has greatly reduced stress.
If you could tell someone newly diagnosed one thing, what would you say?
MS affects us all differently. Research diet and lifestyle changes before considering medications.