My wife and I were running a guest house on the south coast. During 2009 I realised that we would be unable to pay the mortgage because of falling occupancy. We lost both our home and our income simultaneously .
I developed optic neuritis and foot drop as well as urinary incontinence and was diagnosed with PPMS in early 2010.
With hindsight I could see I had symptoms that were indicative of MS but too insignificant to cause any worry. However the possession of our property is the most stressful thing I’d experienced in over 50 years and seems to have pitched my immune system into overdrive so that it attacked my own nervous system.
I believe that the two events are linked. And, yes, the process was similar to a bereavement.
What I don’t understand is that the disease hasn’t stopped. The decline in my mobility has been slow but follows a typical, declining, PPMS course . It’s as if the “attack” switch is permanently on.