Mission Stadiums for Multiple Sclerosis

My MS Story by Monique Walters

I am so honored to see others out there searching for a cure!

I am a big believer in everything happening for a reason and that God only gives us what we can handle. That being said, I have not always been able to have this attitude after my MS diagnosis in the summer of 2014. After my diagnosis, I was so unsure what would happen, how would I handle this, and who would still be around?

At the time my symptoms began to surface, I had three children, a year old son, a year old daughter, and a 5 year old son. I knew something was wrong with my body beyond the normal newborn twin fatigue or postpartum depression my doctor felt I was dealing with. I have learned with this diagnosis when something is wrong with your body you just know. You have to be an advocate for yourself because sometimes that diagnosis is missed even with the best of intentions.

One summer day, I had been out at the park with my children in the hot 100-degree weather in San Antonio, TX. When I returned home, a debilitating migraine took over; I became weak, nauseous, and could barely walk. I spent the next several days in bed and went to several appointments to also address what appeared to be vertigo. My primary care doctor tried to put me on anti-depressants and turned me away. My symptoms continued and I also continued to show up to my doctor, who after my third visit finally gave in and sent me for an MRI on my brain.

It took less than a day to receive the call that said I had several lesions on my brain that were highly suspicious for a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I was referred to a wonderful neurologist and feel so blessed to be under the care of one of the most knowledgeable MS neurologists in the world. My actual diagnosis came in a true short amount of time compared to so many other things that I struggled for years to get answers to.

Since my diagnosis, I have gone through multiple treatments that finally concluded with Lemtrada. This has been a true game-changer. Without this diagnosis, I would not have begun my health and fitness journey or complete an MS 150 bike ride totaling over 120 miles! I have met some of the most incredible people along the way and my love and passion to help others learn what is still a possibility after this diagnosis will never end!

I am a wife, mother, daughter, and advocate for those living with this disease. My family is beyond supportive of me and we all live a very active lifestyle and one that happens to center largely around baseball. I am so honored to see others out there searching for a cure!

I am a big believer in everything happening for a reason and that God only gives us what we can handle. That being said, I have not always been able to have this attitude after my MS diagnosis in the summer of 2014. After my diagnosis, I was so unsure what would happen, how would I handle this, and who would still be around?

At the time my symptoms began to surface, I had three children, a year old son, a year old daughter, and a 5 year old son. I knew something was wrong with my body beyond the normal newborn twin fatigue or postpartum depression my doctor felt I was dealing with. I have learned with this diagnosis when something is wrong with your body you just know. You have to be an advocate for yourself because sometimes that diagnosis is missed even with the best of intentions.

One summer day, I had been out at the park with my children in the hot 100-degree weather in San Antonio, TX. When I returned home, a debilitating migraine took over; I became weak, nauseous, and could barely walk. I spent the next several days in bed and went to several appointments to also address what appeared to be vertigo. My primary care doctor tried to put me on anti-depressants and turned me away. My symptoms continued and I also continued to show up to my doctor, who after my third visit finally gave in and sent me for an MRI on my brain.

It took less than a day to receive the call that said I had several lesions on my brain that were highly suspicious for a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I was referred to a wonderful neurologist and feel so blessed to be under the care of one of the most knowledgeable MS neurologists in the world. My actual diagnosis came in a true short amount of time compared to so many other things that I struggled for years to get answers to.

Since my diagnosis, I have gone through multiple treatments that finally concluded with Lemtrada. This has been a true game-changer. Without this diagnosis, I would not have begun my health and fitness journey or complete an MS 150 bike ride totaling over 120 miles! I have met some of the most incredible people along the way and my love and passion to help others learn what is still a possibility after this diagnosis will never end!

I am a wife, mother, daughter, and advocate for those living with this disease. My family is beyond supportive of me and we all live a very active lifestyle and one that happens to center largely around baseball. I am so honored to see others out there searching for a cure!

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