Anne is a wife and mother of 2. Watch the video to learn about her experience with Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate), and why she and her doctor chose the relapsing MS pill proven to cut relapses in half.*
*In 2 separate studies, compared with placebo, TECFIDERA reduced risk of relapse by 49% and 34%, and reduced number of relapses by 53% and 44%.
The people who appear in these videos have experience taking TECFIDERA. They may or may not be currently on TECFIDERA. They have been paid to share their stories about living with MS. Individual experiences with TECFIDERA may vary. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if TECFIDERA may be right for you.
Saying yes to Possibilities
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The people who appear in this video have experience taking Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate). They may or may not be currently on TECFIDERA. They have been paid to share their stories. Individual experiences with TECFIDERA may vary. Talk to your doctor to see if TECFIDERA may be right for you.
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Anne: When I told my children that I had relapsing MS, I told them that I was not dying, it was not killing me, it was just something that I was going to have to live with.
I’m Anne. I live out here on John’s Island—it’s a barrier island off of the city of Charleston—with my husband. We have 2 fantastic children. One of them just turned 16 and one is 14. I was diagnosed with relapsing MS a year and a half ago. Being a mom is the best job I’ve ever had. I’m a nurturer and a giver. Doing the things they need makes me feel like a complete person.
Some of the symptoms I had, the one that got me into my neurologist’s office was the fact that I was having a numb hand. My hand and my fingers were numb to the point that I couldn’t even type sometimes. I also was extremely fatigued. Staying awake for a whole day was tough.
My husband and I did a lot of crying and kind of being in shock, and being scared. So, we had been by each other’s side through this whole thing. It was almost like a door had gotten slammed in my face, and all of a sudden reality was upon me: ‘oh my gosh I have MS, and I’m going to have it for the rest of my life.’ But then I started thinking: ‘ok, I’ll take MS over a lot of other things out there. I can live with MS.’
Sometimes I do feel like I have to pace myself with running around and doing for my children, because I can wear myself out really fast. But, my children help me a lot. They have learned that it only takes a little bit before Mama has to sit down, and they will quickly jump in, and take over doing whatever it is I was doing.
How did relapsing MS change your outlook?
I like to say that I have MS, MS doesn’t have me. And, I also feel like it has drawn me closer to my family. My siblings, and my husband’s siblings…we have just grown closer because of it.
How has TECFIDERA impacted your daily life?
Anne: When I finally got the approval to take TECFIDERA, I was taking an injectable therapy.
Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
Anne: And I was very excited that I was going to get to switch to a pill. My family did not like having needles in their house. They would not come into the room with me while I was taking this therapy.
TECFIDERA is a taken as one pill twice a day. Be sure not to crush, chew, or sprinkle TECFIDERA on food. Swallow it whole and intact.
Anne: But, now that I’m taking TECFIDERA, and it’s a pill, I get to take it at breakfast. I can take it at dinner. I can just pop my little pill carrier open right in front of them and take my MS medicine, and no one seems to be worse for the wear.
Protect TECFIDERA from light. Store in the original bottle or a light-tight pill organizer at 59°F to 86°F.
Anne: The doctor told me that if I started taking TECFIDERA, the side effects would be possible lowering of my white blood cell counts, possible GI issues including nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and possible flushing.
TECFIDERA may cause serious side effects, including allergic reactions, PML, which is a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability, decreases in your white blood cell count, and liver problems.
The most common side effects of TECFIDERA include flushing and stomach problems.
Anne: And I do have flushing periodically.
These can happen especially at the start of treatment and may decrease over time.
Anne: But, I’m very excited that I’m on TECFIDERA.
TECFIDERA does not treat individual symptoms.
Anne: Some of these MS symptoms stay with you forever. My balance issues, getting dressed in the morning is sometimes hard—I have to lean up on a wall to put my pants on. But you know, they’re all something I can live with still at this point.
I don’t want people to feel sorry for me that I have multiple sclerosis.
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Anne: I want people to look at me and go, ‘Wow, she has multiple sclerosis, and look how good she’s doing.’
MS has made me realize that I need to do the things I want to do. So, I do try to make sure that I am seizing the moment.
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