Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Year Later...

It's a year later after my last relapse and it's a time for reflection. For those of you who have been wondering where I've been, I've been swept up in work, school and a bunch of family situations, so I'm apologizing now for not updating nearly enough.

I met with Taft, for my six month visit. Of course, given the release of the latest pill, Gilenya, for MS, I was full of questions. He said there are just too many long term side effects (heart and respiratory), that he wouldn't be putting me on it and that I could never take it if I wanted to get pregnant. His word is enough for me and I'm satisfied with his explanation. What does this mean? It means I go back to doing my rebif injections twice a week and just deal with the side effects and site reactions.

I also asked him about the latest research and findings involving the narrowing of neck veins and it's relation to MS. Frankly, there hasn't been enough research to know exactly *what* this means and secondly, there have been a multitude of complications and even death, eep! But, he said I shouldn't discount it yet but also not to take the first road trip to Buffalo to sign up for the treatment.

I have to say, I am a bit sad though. As of Nov. 1st he is leaving to take a teaching position up at St. Joe's. While this is a great opportunity for him, I feel a bit sad because it's a shame to be losing him. He is a rare breed in the medical field, you can tell he's a person that really cares about his patients and takes the time to learn all he can in order to answer our questions and provide us with the most up-to-date and accurate information. I'll personally miss him because he has a great bedside manner, is charming and really makes me feel at ease, so much so that I can be incredibly honest with him.

How have I been? I've been doing just fine. I, for the most part, have completely bounced back from my last relapse and don't need a walking device for assistance, well other than for times when I'm walking a lot. I've been so incredibly busy with school it's almost consumed all of my free time outside of work but I've only got 16 credits to go, so it's all worth it. Besides that, I've decided to go on to grad school in order to get my J.D. and become a disability lawyer and advocate, especially for patients with MS and those who have been discriminated against by their employer (despite protection from the FMLA Act).

So, here's my question to you all, how are YOU doing?