Recently Insider Today showed an update on Annette Funicello, which was very sad. So today I ran into an article on Terri Garr and I thought to post that also.
Terri Garr had symptoms for at least 17 years before being diagnosed. What many new people do not realize that the longer a person has lived with a chronic illness without being permenantly disabled is a sign of the less aggreesive that MS is & the more positive prognosis...so the newbie reports they have just been diagnosed but they had symptoms for at least 20 years. The newbie thinks they are describing just how serious their MS is, but it is just the opposite, they are stating how good their MS prognosis is.
It's the people who are diagnosed unexpectedly, haven't had MS for long, and rapidly aquire disability who have the poor outcome. Of course there is also the newbie, that doesn't understand it is a RR illness & what seems like perminant disability will reemiss, so the newbie that hasn't had it long enough to know if it is permenat disability. Seems like it at the time though.
63 year old Terri Garr:
66 year old Annette Funicello: