Transcript for Woman raises awareness of MS and its impact on Hispanic community
[MUSIC PLAYING] - I was 24 in my senior year of college, trying to graduate with my bachelor's degree in psychology. And that's when I was diagnosed with MS.
When I met with the MS specialist and I got the diagnosis of MS, I thought, OK, great, I finally have the answers. Now, I can figure out what treatments I can be on and how to move forward. They would say, no, it's anxiety. It's anxiety. You know what? You actually have a rare form of MS that it shows up in your brain scans but it doesn't show up in your symptoms.
For some reason, the doctor did not believe me or would say that I look fine and I don't look sick. I asked for a different doctor. And I had to advocate for myself to be seen by someone else within the same facility. And he said, no, you actually have relapsing, remitting MS. Like, he validated my experience and said, yeah, those are MS symptoms. We hear that a lot here.
Every day is unpredictable. I kind of have to take things day by day. Any day I can suddenly have a flare up and be experiencing really, really intense fatigue that I will have to cancel all my plans, sometimes call out of work. But I give myself a lot of grace. And I thank my body every day for what it does for me. And I just take it easy.
I wanted to do my senior seminar piece on how MS affects young people with MS that are Hispanic. And I couldn't find any research on that. I probably found one, and the sample size was really small.
I found a lot of power in sharing my story. MS society actually found my post, and reposted me, and tagged me in it. And that's when all the MS-- [LAUGHS] MS Warriors, as they call it, were coming through, following me, commenting on my page, and sharing a similar story. And that's where I found the whole MS-- online MS community, and it was just awesome.
I felt like I was going through this for a bigger purpose. It wasn't just my story. It was to help others to get through their diagnosis, too, and to support each other. I had hundreds of people that I-- that I just met online that I can connect to and relate to, and that felt really good.
I felt like I was going through this for a bigger purpose. It wasn't just my story. It was to help others to get through their diagnosis, too, and to support each other.
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