OK, I just responded to the thread "Help Me" by quoting Gandhi, "BE the change you want to see in the world." This is my life motto. While I don't think I'm done whining yet, I did think of something. I'm new to this site because I've had a setback. However, like most of you, I have a story of on-going strength of how I have managed my MS. So, I will share my story and am asking others to tell me your stories, (since I don't know any of them). I was diagnosed 8 years ago, and quickly lost the use of my legs full-time and had to use a wheelchair to get around outside the house. Wheelchairs are very cumbersome and really suck in the snow. I decided to do what my docs told me to do. Diet, exercise, rest, drink plenty of water, take my meds, complain when they don't work, and of course do my shots. Swimming is my exercise of choice. I have kept my weight down (very important for my weak legs), I swim 3 hours a week, and do weight lifting with my upper body (my legs spasm with weights). I sold my wheelchair 2 years ago because with the swimming, my leg strength became enough that I can walk like a normal person (for up to 1 mile). I'm in the middle of a flare right now that affects my trigeminal nerve in my face(it really hurts), but I just keep swimming. My goal is to have an upper body of a female weight lifter AND put my butt back up where it used to be. Your turn - tell me how you have survived years of this disease. Funny stories would be great too!
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