My Story: Diagnosed With MS At 12 “I Decided My Life Is So Much More Than I Am Willing To Give To This Disease”

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I was that normal “girly” girl growing up. I had tons of friends and was very family oriented. My family is big on holidays. We always cooked up enough food to feed the neighborhood; just a really good time. Early stages of life usually mean no worries but for me, it was life changing. 

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I started to worry because my body did not feel right. I thought it was normal preteen body changes at first – I was 12 – but something was off and I didn’t want to worry my family. My first symptom was losing sensation in my abdomen area. 

The best way to describe it was my stomach felt asleep. I finally told my mom and she kept a close eye on me.