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‘Why I kept my illness a secret — and why I stopped’

A woman decides to be more open about her multiple sclerosis, for the sake of her children.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was terrified. Yes, the new-mom fears of inadequacy and vulnerability were in flux, but so was the fact I already felt inadequate and vulnerable, because I have multiple sclerosis.

I’d been living with the disease for over ten years. I knew its tricks. But I was diagnosed young, and the only women I knew with MS were old enough to be my mom. They weren’t ‘sick’ when they had babies.

A trip to the neurologist didn’t help my confidence. The doctor said the likelihood of a relapse postpartum was 40%. He said I needed to go back on medication, which I’d quit five years prior because I felt drug-sick. He said that breastfeeding on the interferon I’d been taking was proven to be “moderately safe,” and then advertised a handful of similar new treatment options.

Read full article: ‘Why I kept my illness a secret — and why I stopped’ | NBC News

Read Full Article: ‘Why I kept my illness a secret — and why I stopped’ | NBC News

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