My Experience of Having MS as a Teen

Tripping Through Treacle

It might be my 40th birthday coming up next year, but I can still remember like it was yesterday what it was like having MS as a teenager.  For background, I had my first identified difficulty at the age of 13 (optic neuritis) and was then diagnosed at age 15, after a couple of weeks of my legs refusing to work.

I think I was lucky – the fact that my father was a GP and my mother a physiotherapist meant that as soon as they realised that something ‘not quite normal’ was going on with me, I was hotfooted to the nearest large hospital, where I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS.

MS is so much a part of me now that I can’t quite believe that it was 25 years ago that I first heard the words ‘Multiple Sclerosis ‘ in relation to myself.  At that time…

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