Hi there, my name is Matt, and I am 30 and just about to become a father for the 1st time. That prospect gave 2018 such a great start for me, however I have recently been given a ‘95% diagnosis’ of MS. I know thats not 100% so am waiting to see an MS specialist.
That said, i am feeling very positive about it as my 1st episode was very minor, it presented itself as double vision whilst looking to the left which has cleared up now. Was somewhat of a medical mystery at 1st! nobody was quite sure what was wrong… which i must admit made me feel quite important!lol A CT scan made me worry though as the doctor said he could see an anomaly on my brain. Suggestions of a mini stroke were flying around, and a real fear of a tumour. The tumour was unlikely, but was fresh on everyone’s minds as a school friend is dying from one as i type. An MRI gave us a clearer idea, so then the doctors honed in on the possibility of MS. This, as im sure most of you are aware, can only be followed up by a lumbar puncture…I’ll say now, I have a knack for seriously underestimating my ability to comprehend the severity of the situation sometimes. I initially told my wife not to bother coming with me for the procedure… In short, im so glad she didn’t listen to me! It was one of the most horrible things I’ve ever had to endure. Such an indescribable sensation. Suffice to say, i almost broke my wifes hand!
So, any way, that showed evidence of the possibility that i could have MS in one of the tests they performed on my spinal fluid. So like i said, were just waiting on an appointment with a specialist.
Anyway, I only wanted to add a message of my story in a nutshell and say hi… Also to say, the possibility of losing my mobility sooner rather than later has spurred me on to start running and make the most of the gift of physical and mental health. So many people don’t appreciate it until its too late! Myself included until recently. (that’s also the reason why i became vegan just over a year ago, but that’s a story for another time!)… So, I have signed up for the Cardiff half marathon in October, with a view to progress on to running a full marathon. Preferably the London one in a couple of years. I have signed up with the MS society to fundraise so hopefully should get my pack soon and start doing something positive.
Thanks for listening