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Question 6: You were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teen/young adult. Has it been hard dealing with MS as a young person? Do you have any advice for other young people living with this disease?
Yes, it has been very difficult. My biggest piece of advice is don't let it stand in your way. I have several issues now, as I've had a very progressive case of MS. I had a relapse every 3 months for my first 3 years!
However, despite any of the issues, I refuse to let my MS control me. You need to make the necessary accommodations, but do not let it rule your life. There is nothing that can't be accomplished, even if it does take a few changes of the dreams to make it happen.
Question 7: Do you have children? If so, does having MS create a challenge for you in caring for them? And how do you deal with that?
I do not have any children. My husband and I are hoping to adopt in the near future.
Question 8: What is the best piece of advice you can share with those who have multiple sclerosis? And is this something you wish you had known when you were diagnosed with MS?
Speak up, is my best piece of advice. I'm still working on that, but I have found that speaking up is the best way to get what you need. Speak up to your doctors, if you don't understand something, or you feel something isn't working let them know.
Speak up to your loved ones. Let them know how you're feeling or what you need. I have found myself getting upset before because people aren't helping me, but then I realize I expected them to read my mind and just know I needed help. Open communication is the only way to go!
Question 9: We thank you so much Rebeka, for your time and would like to leave this last question open for you to share anything else you'd like with our visitors.
I want to thank you for taking the time to interview me. If anyone is interested in a copy of "I Dropped My Chicken Soup: Stories about Multiple Sclerosis" you can buy it straight from me and I'll sign it. It's $15 through me. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know and I'll give you the payment options.
Thank you again, Rebeka. It was a pleasure talking to you.
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Thanks so much Rebeka, for sharing with us. We have enjoyed learning about your life with MS. We wish you and your family all the best. Good luck with your books!
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