The first time I heard the words "Multiple Sclerosis" was actually in my senior year of high school Biology. All it meant to me at the time was a question on a test about what it was and what it does to the neurons in the brain. All I was taught about it was that it causes blindness and paralysis due to demyelination. It wasn't long after that I experienced what I now know as my first relapse: double vision.
I find it funny as I probably already had it at the time but didn't know it. I had been dealing with a constant feeling of exhaustion for a teen my age but learned to ignore it. Years after my first relapse and I was told "we think it's MS" I was panicked. I thought MS took a clear course for everyone and I remember driving home, crying thinking I was going to be blind and paralyzed in 5 years.
After I was brave enough to do some research I found this was not the case at all. MS is different for everyone. No one diagnosis is the same as another. We all have our unique disease to fight. One thing I know we have in common is how strong we are. I once read somewhere that only the strong develop an autoimmune disease and it couldn't be more true. .