One woman shares her MS journey.
The day starts the same way it did yesterday and the same way it will tomorrow.
Except for the days that her husband is home, every morning at 9 a.m. Colleen’s mother, Joy, comes to begin the morning rituals. The two, daughter and mother, work together like a fine-tuned engine, each knowing what to do in perfect sync. Mother tends to duties that her wheelchair-bound daughter used to accomplish with grace and ease.
Colleen Howard was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. Her backaches were attributed to a car accident she had suffered a couple of years earlier but she knew there had to be more to the pain. Finally, a family doctor suggested she see a neurologist. The spinal tap and the MRI ordered by the specialist offered the diagnosis but the finding was bittersweet.
“At first, I felt complete relief because now there was a diagnosis, and I really wasn’t a hypochondriac,” Colleen said. “There really was something wrong.”
The severity of it hit, though, when she got home and her fears were realized. How was she going to raise five children? What was going to happen to her family?
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