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My Story: Andre Broadus

My Story: Andre Broadus

I was diagnosed with MS in 1994 after finishing college. It started with vision issues that eye specialists could not diagnose, and I ended up telling my doctor about my vision issues and that my mother had MS – which I thought to be the cause eyesight problems. After testing with a neurologist, it was determined that optic neuritis was the cause of my vision issues – so went my MS diagnosis, and thus began my journey.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 16, 2018

My Story: Cindi Hopper

I had symptoms of MS that I didn't realize were symptoms for years before being diagnosed. I was “busy,” I was a “mom,” I had a wonderful “career” and “friends.” But, truthfully an illness of any kind just didn't fit into my life plan. The clincher for me was one morning I woke up and couldn't move my neck. I was in excruciating pain, so I went to the ER. They did several tests – one of which was an LP – and they called…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 5, 2018
My Story: Denisse

My Story: Denisse

After visiting a lot of doctors, I was told I didn't have anything several times. That made me really depressed. One last doctor asked me to do an MRI on my back to see how my nervous system was working because I'm a type 1 diabetic. I got my results back, and there was a tumor at the spinal marrow. It turns out I had a hemorrhage and needed an emergency surgery. It was very successful. The pain nearly disappeared. While in the hospital, doctors…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 1, 2017
My Story: Lisa Marie Neely

My Story: Lisa Marie Neely

The first symptom that I can remember having is numb hands. My trip to the neurologist left me with a diagnosis of carpal tunnel and a warning that if I didn’t have surgery, I would likely lose feeling altogether. The numbness went away within a few days, so I went on my merry way, never giving it another thought and never returning to that doctor again. Fast forward three years. I noticed that my feet were going numb. A week went by with no relief,…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 25, 2017
My Story: Kayla Black

My Story: Kayla Black

When I was 22 year's old, I went blind in my left eye. As a gunsmith, I very much had to go to the doctor and have my eye checked out. I was diagnosed with optic neuritis and told to go to the hospital for further testing. After two weeks and an MRI, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis because the MRI showed many lesions! Without a full-time job I had no medical insurance, so I didn't treat my MS with any medicine except for…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on September 18, 2017

My Story: Debra Robert

When I woke up, my face was contorted and completely pulled up to one side. My husband suggested I stop what I was doing and go get checked out. My doctor took one look at me and immediately sent me off to the ER to rule out any chance of a stroke. I honestly thought I was only appeasing my doctor with a precautionary check at the hospital. Three hours later, I was joking with my husband as we waited for the MRI results to…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on September 5, 2017
My Story: Kimberly Bean

My Story: Kimberly Bean

It started with pain and numbness on my left side. I honestly thought I was over stressed and over worked. When it started getting worse, I went to my doctor and was given medication and sent on my way. When that didn't help, I returned. Things got so bad one day that I decided to just go to the emergency room, and I saw multiple neurologists, who all did evaluations on me. The head of the hospital's MS clinic came in to see me and…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 28, 2017
My Story: Angela Stodder

My Story: Angela Stodder

I remember I was walking around the grocery store, heavily leaning on the cart after one of my doctor appointments when I got the call from him. He said "I'm sorry. You have Multiple Sclerosis. The lesions are mostly in the left side of your brain, which explains all of your symptoms on the right side of your body." The rest of the conversation was a blur, but after a year and a half, I had a diagnosis. Even though MS is unpredictable and the…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 19, 2017
My Story: Terry Flood

My Story: Terry Flood

The steps leading to my diagnosis were pretty deliberate. It all began one day when I realized that my feet and legs we're losing sensation. I tried to remedy this by running more, thinking that it may be some kind of circulation issue. Over the next few weeks the tingling and numbness begin to rise higher and higher. About the time that it reached my pelvic region is when I decided to go have it checked out at a local ER. I had a battery…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 11, 2016
My Story: Vickie Hellmer

My Story: Vickie Hellmer

Back in 1998, I started falling all the time. I would roll my ankle and go down hard. A couple of times I thought I had broken my ankle because it was all swollen, black and blue, and I couldn't put any weight on it. I would always end up in the ER. They would take X-rays, see it wasn't broken, wrap it up, and send me home. I knew something was wrong because I also couldn't feel my leg from my knee down. I…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 9, 2016