I was a healthy person, born in 1963, never getting sick, never catching the bugs, even as a mom, when the kids brought home tons of colds and flues from school, I didn’t catch them, ever. I spent the first 32 years of my life incredibly healthy and energetic.
I was raising my 6 children preparing to adopt #7, and having a blast doing all that entailed (that was the greatest decade of my life). I’ll never forget the day in Sept. 1995, while making my bed, I stood up and had a dizzy spell. I had no idea what that was. I had heard of Vertigo and the dizziness that brought on, maybe this was vertigo, I thought. As the day went on, I felt a flash of dizziness a few more times. It had my attention.
It increased until instead of ‘bouts’ of dizziness, it was constant. As it got worse, I thought that my eyes were moving. I didn’t have a headache, I didn’t feel sick in any way, but it seemed like my eyes were moving.
I asked my husband, who’s a state trooper and does ‘field sobriety tests’ for drunk driving, to look in my eyes and see if my eyes were moving. He couldn’t see any movement. I had no idea what that meant, if I thought my eyes were moving and he couldn’t see they were moving, I thought I must be crazy!
I’d never heard of anything like it! My friend drove me to the eye doctor. When he put his equipment up in front of my eyes the Dr. immediately saw that my eyes were moving. “Rotary Nystagmus,” he said. I was so relieved! I wasn’t crazy! I was smiling, practically laughing!
The doctor brought me back from my excitement and said, “This is serious.”
I honestly didn’t care! I wasn’t crazy! He told me it could be a brain tumor or Multiple Sclerosis. I said if it was a brain tumor, we’d cut it out, if it’s MS I’d learn what that is and deal with it. After testing, just three days and an MRI later, I was diagnosed with MS.
For the past sixteen years, I have learned more than I ever thought possible and I am honestly happy! It was always my plan to go back to work when the kids were in school. When the MS prevented me from doing that, I decided to start blogging. I first created Linda Grace online. It only took me a little while to realize that my purpose is in my circumstance. I want everyone to realize that you can enjoy your life, no matter what your external circumstances are.
If you give me your name and email address here, I’ll send you my ebook right away!
I’ve created an ebook to share what I’ve learned. I’d love for you to read it, then visit me either on this site, Multiple Sclerosis-Relief, Linda Grace online, or MSRelief on Facebook and share your stories with me!