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My Story: Ray Charpentier

My Story: Ray Charpentier

I had numbness in hands, my balance was off, and my feet went numb. I went for an MRI of my brain that showed no visible lesions. So the spinal tap was next, which showed indications of multiple sclerosis (MS). After five years of "you may you have MS" from doctors, I requested MRIs of my spine. Sure enough, my first visible MS lesions were in my spine, so I got a diagnosis of MS in 2008.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on March 6, 2019
My Story: April Wylie

My Story: April Wylie

I was 19 and went to see a doctor for my migraines. He recommended an MRI. My MRI results came back with lesions on my brain – the lesions found were was similar to multiple sclerosis (MS). I didn't think anything of it. I was in instant denial. I never went back to see a doctor until 15 years later. I woke up one morning, and my legs were completely numb. I ended up going to the ER. I was then referred to a neurologist.…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 28, 2019
My Story: Charlie Justice Barron

My Story: Charlie Justice Barron

My journey with MS started in 2011 when I noticed weakness in my right leg. It was early spring. I distinctly remember the time of year because I had just reached my goal of starting a food truck business. Things were going great-despite the weakness in my right leg and the new "pins and needle" feeling in the bottom of both of my feet. I honestly thought that I had been standing on my legs too much and just needed to give myself a rest…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on September 13, 2018
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
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