Life after diagnosis

Alexandra, Ana, and Emily are living with relapsing MS. Hear what they have to say about overcoming their diagnosis and the positive changes that came along.

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Saying yes to Possibilities

Alexandra, Ana, and Emily on Life After Diagnosis

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Ana: So, I think when I was diagnosed, I was working as a pastry chef.

Ana M.

Ana: Kitchens are hot, right? And we don’t like to be hot with MS. So, one of the first big decisions that I had to do in my life was to leave my pastry chef career behind.

Alexandra G.

Alexandra: So, I was diagnosed in 2003 with multiple sclerosis.

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Alexandra: And it was a long struggle. A very long struggle. Until I realized I need to start taking care of myself because, I had 3 goals on my mind, which was loving myself, getting out there, and getting a job. Because we all need jobs to keep moving forward, and it’s very simple. Having a car and getting a license, I think that completes adulthood in my mind. So, I did all of my 3 goals. All of them.

Emily: I’d say for me, I used to be really, really shy.

Emily B.

Emily: But, when I did start telling people about my relapsing MS, that really brought me out of my comfort zone. I never thought that I would be interested in doing anything with MS. And now it’s one of my passions and it’s what I want to continue helping people. Because I have that personal connection, I know what it’s like and so I want to help other people as well.

Ana: I share a same thing. Also, I have met so many great people, and, you know, friendships that I know I’m going to take forever. So I can—I don’t even know how to express, how, you know, the blessings that I got from such a scary moment. So, I think MS has helped me really look at my life with gratefulness, and stop counting the bad things, but start counting my blessings.

Emily: I like to call it a twisted blessing.

Alexandra: I thought my life was going to be simple. Get a job, or go to college, or other things like that. But I’ve never imagined speaking and meeting so much love, there is so much love in this community. It’s amazing. We have family right? Blood related family. But when you have MS, there’s extra! I have more family! Thousands—it grows. Because when I meet people like you, you’re my family—because we share MS.

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