Multiple Sclerosis and Finding Joy

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.

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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!

I’d love to hear your stories! You know mine, everyone has a story, tell me yours! If by chance you’re thinking that you don’t have one, don’t worry, there’s still time!

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

6 Comments:

  1. Linda where other people mope around and bemoan their condition you have embraced it and decided to do the best that you can with it and to be the best you can as well. You are a true inspiration and I’m sure your family is as proud as punch to know you.

    I wish you all the success with your latest blog.

    • Thank you Sire~
      You are very kind. I am grateful that I’m able to joyfully deal with this MS and I feel blessed with all the help from everywhere!
      Linda

  2. You are my hero! You have taken what you were given and made the best. I read what you say here and wonder if I would be able to be so positive and deal with it joyfully. Grateful to know you!! BY the way, I am not sure what exactly my story is yet!! Working on that one!

    • You’re awesome Holly!!! I am so grateful for you and the gift you’ve given me of exercise movies!! The Lord has ways of making everything work out! I will exercise with your movies and get stronger, I’m taking new medication (wild for a traditionally anti-pharmaceuticalist 🙂 and I have high hopes!
      Linda
      ps. You’re such a wonderful lady, when your story unfolds, you’ll be ready for it!

  3. Hey Linda,
    It takes a remarkable person to deal positively with life’s health related twists and turns. You are a total inspiration to everyone and I take my hat off to you.

    By the way, you are a natural in front of the camera too.

    To Your Empowerment
    Toni

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