Jack’s Blog

Finding the Silver Lining in an MS Diagnosis

When I was diagnosed with RRMS, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t very familiar with the disease or what it would mean for my lifestyle. However, as I learned more about the disease, I began to eat healthier, exercise and really appreciate the ones I care about and love.

I knew I had to make my health a priority if I was going to manage my disease. I began exercising regularly to keep my body in shape. I started working out at the gym regularly and even hiking with my daughter Pearl on my back. I noticed a change; I began to get into better shape, and it felt great!

My RRMS diagnosis also opened up my eyes to the importance of eating healthy. I started incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my daily diet, and I focused strongly on eating organic as much as possible. Even after a few days of this new routine, I could feel the difference in my body. My disease made me more aware of what I was putting into my body, and gave me a greater understanding about health in general.

Following my diagnosis, I began to put my life in perspective. MS made me realize I’m not invincible so I now visit the doctor on a regular basis to make sure my body is healthy. I had to start listening to my body when it was telling me to take breaks. In addition to this, I made some wonderful connections and friends in the MS community that have had a positive impact on my perception of this disease.

The most important improvement I saw in my life after my RRMS diagnosis was that with my family. Yes, this disease made me want to eat healthier and exercise more, but my family gave me the reason for living. It made me appreciate all of the time I have to spend with them and how much I truly love them.

RRMS has made me realize that I need to live in the moment — and appreciate those moments — because no one knows what the future holds or what obstacles life will throw at you.