I was diagnosed just over a month ago and after a few stressful weeks at work am trying to take each day as it comes.
I visited an old friend last night who is suffering with MS. I haven't seen her in a while and it hit me hard when I saw her. I told her about my situation and I think honestly of all my friends she is the one that understands the most.
I was there when she was first diagnosed with MS and that was a huge shock. But she is an inspiration to me, she now lives on her own (she split from her husband a couple of years ago), she has completed a course as a counsellor of MS and is now doing a further course in hypnotherapy. She is now even contemplating leaving her job and being a full time counsellor. She had a fall recently but just gets up and brushes herself off.
Her advice was make the most of your time now while you can.
She asked if I had goals set and I said my goal was to take my young daughter in about five years to Disney World in Florida. She said goals are good and keep you focused.
She said that you will have down days and it will take time to get your head around your condition, but I have a partner that has been so supportive, even when I am so frustrated I lash out.
She is a true inspiration to me and I think if she can do it why can't I. And now I see there is no reason why I can't.
I hope this helps others out there too.