Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)

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Barefoot, pregnant and MS?




Hey, MSers. How many of you are women? OK, how many of you ladies were diagnosed as expectant, new, or young mothers?

The Mayo Clinic says women are twice as likely as men to have multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society suggests it may be two to three times more prevalent among women than men. Other medical sources place the female-to-male ratio closer to 4:1.

Statistically, most MSers tend to be diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. In fact, many childbearing women discover they have multiple sclerosis during or after pregnancy.

Doesn’t sound like a picnic, huh?

It’s not like medical experts are saying pregnancy causes MS. But what timing.

An adoptive mother, I was diagnosed with MS a bit later in life, but the MRIs showed older lesions. That explains a lot about some difficult physical symptoms and seemingly inexplicable health seasons I endured during my kids’ early years.

At the time, doctors pointed to unknown injuries, food poisoning, miscellaneous infections, eyestrain, fatigue, stress, and other random possibilities.

Those theories never panned out, but the issues resolved, so life went on.

Certainly, I’ve known ladies who developed clearly diagnosed MS in their 20s and 30s, while they were having and raising their babies.

It’s like the stork drops off an infant … along with a whopping episode of optic neuritis, a tingling limb or two, and a touch of vertigo.

Betcha didn’t register for MS at Babies ‘R Us, Macy’s, or Target. Nope. None of us did.

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