This is a great story full of inspiration and promise. For Runner With M.S., No Pain While Racing, No Feeling at the Finish – NYTimes.com.
So, today marks a very special day in our lives. Fifteen years ago today, a baby was born to my husband and I, and we fell in love all over again and we instantly fell in love with her. At that moment, I felt like the most blessed and luckiest person alive to be entrusted with such an amazingly beautiful baby. Seconds after birth, she was placed on my chest and in Chris’s arms and she looked directly into our eyes. She looked straight in my eyes, and then redirected her and looked straight into Chris’s eyes. As if she could not wait to finally see us and if we resembled her in any way. That very moment was the defining moment in our lives that made us parents of an obviously spirited child. What a wonderful joy she has been to us. Never ceasing to make us proud. I have a fifteen-year-old. Who would have ever thought? If only my mom were here right now to see her. She would be beaming over her I just know it. Those two had such a special relationship. Almost as if they were two peas in a pod. My baby girl bonded with my mom immediately and my mom gushed over her always. It was almost as if they already knew each other. When my mom passed in 2011, baby girl was just weeks away from her twelvth birthday. We had spent that previous Thanksgiving with my parents, and baby girl spent all of her time right next to my mom cuddling with her on her bed. They ate chocolate Hershey bars together, sang songs and watched Dirty Dancing on the VCR together.
Today at 6am as she got out of my car on a snowy (it ALWAYS snows on her birthday–even the day she was born), dark morning, I blew to her kisses and wished her ‘happy birthday at school day’ as she peered in from the darkness outside to make eye contact with me by dim overhead lights in my car, and replied, “Thanks Mommy, and thank you for giving me life.” Then she shut the heavy car door, which always reminds me of a vault door slamming shut. As she stepped up on to the bus, my jaw hung open. I have never heard such beautiful words in all my years. She thanked me for giving her life. She did not hear me, but I said aloud to myself “no, really, I’m honored for you to be in my life.”
If you are interested in knowing about how MS is diagnosed, this article gives a great overview of some of the processes.
The Radiology Assistant : Spine – Myelopathy. Very informative explanation with diagrams and actual MRI slides explaining different types of demyelination.
Interesting information I found through a search on “how to read an MRI report” while trying to decipher a radiologist’s report on my most recent brain and spine MRI. Note, don’t try this at home. Insanity may get the best of me waiting the six to see my doctor at Hopkins for his real professional review and interpretation of this report. All I see on this report are multiple uses throughout of the words ‘abnormal’ and ‘new foci.’ And to think: I tried very hard to get out of picking up this report. I knew I was going to get bad news. I have been dreading the emotional setback these things seem to trigger in me. Next time: I’ll just go with my gut feeling and forego MRI’s altogether. I really don’t need reports and pictures to tell me something is wrong inside my head (literally). I already knew. I know exactly where my pain, numbness and weaknesses are. I don’t need justification anymore than I already have. I’m good. Really.
This article is somewhat sort of partially interesting. While it is not very informative, it does lend itself to being a good tease for MSers, PDers and Alzies. It’s like, wow, there is yet another doctor out there searching a resolution for us. Great, maybe for members of our club 30 years from now, but not now, not today.