by Dawn Moore
(Green Bay WI, USA)
...and Life with Multiple Sclerosis
I found out I had MS when I was 34 years old when my daughter was 10 months old and she was about to have surgery to repair a cleft palate. My eye was very blurry and kept getting worse and I went to Shopko to get my eyes checked. He said I needed glasses.
Well the glasses did not help. My eyes got worse and worse, so I went to an eye specialist who said I was blind in that eye. The doctor told me that I had MS. Then I went to a neurologist. MY husband wasn't supportive at all and still is not. He just pretends nothing is wrong. He has not gone to one doctor visit with me ever.
Our daughter is now almost 12. Like I said was born with cleft palate and also has some health issues. We also have a son in high school. It has been 11 years since I was diagnosed. I have a hard time telling people about MS so I keep it a secret. Some people cannot handle it.
I do in-home child care. I cannot tell my customers. They would never let me care for their children. My husband lost his job a year ago and so we are struggling with that. We cannot afford all the medical treatments. We are really trying to save money to go on a trip to Disney but every time we get money saved it seems to go to medical bills.
I seem to be doing well, but I can feel the affects of MS on my body. I try to exercise and eat well. The whole time I tell my story it is very emotional to me and no one seems to understand except people with MS. Everyone else thinks I look well, but cannot see what it's doing to me on the inside and the pain I feel physically and emotionally.
Thanks for looking,
1091 Morris Ave
Ashwaubenon WI 54304