I've been emailing for advice and info for some time now... and on Weds this week I took my 18 yr old daughter back to see the neurology consultant. He confirmed that she does have MS.
The shock/grief/horror/disbelief are overwhelming - but beaten hands down by her fear. She is absolutely terrified of what lies in store for her. The consultant and the MS nurse were both massively reassuring, but she wasn't able to take any of that in. It's heartbreaking to watch your child trying to come to terms with this. That old cliche keeps coming back to me - that if only I could have this instead, I'd do it without a moment's hesitation.
Oh lord... well, I guess I'll be on here for some time, asking for more advice. She doesn't want to sign up yet - she's scared she'll see something that will upset her (her biggest fear being any mention of bladder or bowel troubles!)
Thanks for the help and support you've given us already!