Hi Sleepygitty, I’m sorry to hear you have just had this news. It does come as a terrible shock.
MS is not actually carried in the genes but some families have a higher ‘inherited’ chance of getting it. I don’t actually understand that fully myself… but it’s true that families where one person has MS the rest of family have a slightly higher chance of getting it.
I assume as yet they haven’t told you it is definitely MS? It’s a hard thing to diagnose (dx). As you probably know, there is not one single test but they put together a whole lot of evidence to try and dx. Lesions on brain or spine is one bit of evidence, as is symptoms. Often they want to do a lumbar puncture to see if the immune system has been active in the central nervous system (in the brain).
If they do dx MS, remember that it is different for everyone, even within the same family. So your symptoms and progression will be different from your mother and your sister, if she is also found to have MS.
Give yourself time to get used to this… it’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster… but like many of us, if it is MS, you will learn to live with it and life can still be good. Not what we planned, but nevertheless good.
Also remember that new treatments are coming along with research going on worldwide, and for the first time in history there is the possibility of a cure coming along. OK not tomorrow… but they are saying 15 years more or less.
Hope this helps. This forum is a great place for support and info… so come on here and ask questions or express your feelings… or just to know you are not alone.