Hi- I am a Virgin Blogger- this is my first BLOG (post)!
I am a mum with MS, & wrote a book last year about life ‘Laugh or You’ll Cry’ a kindle read on Amazon.
Many thanks, Sue
“For most mothers, keeping up with the washing, the mess and the irrepressible energy of two young boys is a challenge in itself. But when Sue Askin’s eldest son was diagnosed with autism, only to be followed by her own diagnosis of MS the next year, the challenge became ever so slightly harder…
Told in her own upbeat words, this is the heart-warming and funny account of one woman’s determination to do the best for her child, whilst learning to cope with her own diagnosis without any fuss.
Packed with funny anecdotes and familiar challenges to which all families will relate, you’ll be uplifted and inspired as much as you’ll be smiling.”
Note from Kristin: I’m so happy to see a mom tell her story! Please check it out and let me know if you have your story out there to share as well. Sue thank you for writing this your journey is inspirational!!
It was June 2004 and I was so busy getting ready for my September wedding that I was planning for almost 2 years. It seemed as though one day I rolled out of bed and could barely stand on my own two feet. I was so dizzy, a very strange light-headed dizziness. Everyone was convinced it was stress or maybe an inner ear infection. I started noticing other weird symptoms…like my right arm would get very cold and numb, my eye would start twitching out of nowhere, and these wierd “muscle-jumping” sensations. Of course when I googled all of this it came up that it was MS, which everyone laughed at and thought I was just a stressed out bride to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
After going to an ENT and even getting round of antibiotics (imagine it was that simple!!) I finally went to another doctor who sent me for a brain MRI in fear it was MS or a brain tumor. After the test I will never forget that my films were placed on the top of the pile…which is never a good thing. The next morning as I was in training for my job at the time there was a bunch of calls coming in and I found out that I had 13 legions in my brain and I had MS. It was a very emotional time and I was unsure what my life would become.
My soon to be husband stood strong by my side as well as my family and friends and we made it to the wedding and thankfully I felt good by that time.
I just had my 10 year MS anniversary and will be celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary this September. I like to think my husband and I have a very strong bond after going through that right before our wedding. Our “in sickness and in health” started before our vows were even spoken. He has never missed one doctor’s appointment or one treatment in 10 years. I have an adorable little boy and a beautiful life. I also am under the care of an extraordinary doctor who has halted the progression of my MS and kept me attack-free for years.
This summer I will start planning my first MS fundraiser, which will take place in May 2015, so I can give back for the many things I have been blessed with.
**Event information coming soon!!
By: Christina Benevento