I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2009. My symptoms thus far have been minimal (knock on wood). Things like numbness in my limbs, double vision, and muscle spasms/tremors, I managed to overcome. I try to let the physical ailments subsided on their own, but mentally, it was a much larger toll.
The unpredictability that comes with MS really spiked my anxiety issues. I attempted to deal with my anxiety by smoking more cigarettes and drinking more alcohol than I normally would. After a while of going down the obviously wrong path, I decided it was time to stop feeling sorry for myself and do what I needed to do.
I started doing yoga as a way to calm my anxiety, and I found out later on that yoga can also help minimize the physical symptoms! This was a huge revelation for me. From that point I started working out more and quit smoking cigarettes after 8 years! As of now, all of my previous symptoms lie dormant, and I look forward to a bright and happy future. Although my MS will never go away, but it will also never get me down again!
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