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Gayla’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus)

I am a 44-year-old woman who is fighting multiple sclerosis and lupus, which have caused multiple other problems. I try to stay positive for those I love, but find it hard on some days. I have 8 grandbabies that I would like to see more often, but my pain stands in the way.

There is a lot more living I want to do, but I have those days that I feel like I can’t keep going. I am needing a life line. Any suggestions for me would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to seem weak to my family so I was hoping I could let my wall down and get help from people going through far worse problems than me.

Gayla Jackson
Oklahoma
Submitted 5-8-2012

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One comment

  1. Gayla, I am not worse off but felt a need to connect with you…I understand the feelings of not being able to do things and be there physically…I was diagnosed with MS in 2006 and it has been an uphill battle between what my body and mind want me to do….tried different meds and for the last 2 years have been off meds totally-not sure if it is the right choice but the shots were causing me more issues than the MS.
    I see things changing with my body all the time … things I can’t do or go to even when I try…I’ve not given up but I do understand the need of a life line…when others can’t see the disease and can only go by what we say about how we feel….it is hard.
    I am in a small town with towns around that really do have doctors that can deal with MS correctly….the doctor that diagnosed me is about 2 1/2 hours away and my insurance does not cover him or his facility…I spent 3 years paying off the bills from a 2 1/2 week stay in a hospital there. My health is important to me and I iprobably should go back there but the financial part of it caused so much stress that I’m not sure I could go through that again…..
    We all have our own battles but it is nice to know and be able to connect with others that understand…

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