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Kathy’s Story (Multiple Sclerosis, Endometriosis)

Kathy's Story EndometriosisI have had MS since 2003 and stage 4 endometriosis since I was 16.

I used to be a teacher for at-risk kids. It was my job to get juniors and seniors to pass the qualifying math exam for graduation. I also taught alternative school for 10 years.

In 2015, I had an MS attack that hit my brain good. I can’t see out of my left eye, and I now suffer from full-time vertigo, brownouts, tremors and muscle spasms that shut down my diaphragm so I cannot breathe. This could have been avoided, but my insurance company would not allow me the treatment I needed. I spent 5 weeks with no treatment, and they still would not pay for the correct treatment.

I also have had over 20 surgeries. I am missing a lot of organs. It started with my ovaries being removed, and then they removed the rest of the Fallopian tubes and the uterus. My appendix had burst, so that had to be removed too. After I had my hysterectomy, I was not able to have bowel movements without a box of laxatives a day, so in 2009, I had my whole colon removed.

Since my attack was so bad, I was recently put on disability because I will not be able to work. Through all of my hardships, I try to remain positive and continue to the best of my abilities with MS. The one thing that keeps me going is my love for dogs. I have a Huskita, and as long as I can walk, no matter what else is bothering me, I walk him every day.

My goal every day of my life is to make a positive difference in one person’s life, every day til I pass away. If you are on this site, you know how bad MS can be. My mom had the disease and was a quadriplegic the last ten years of her life, so I am fighting for the both of us. I try extremely hard to continue to make that difference in one person’s life, and I continue to walk Hachi every day I possibly can.

Kathy
Indiana
Submitted 04/19/2016

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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3 comments

  1. Be strong! You are a hero to us!

  2. Thank you so much for that. It’s difficult but I guess all of life is hard just for different reasons

  3. Everyday that you are still going is a day that you will make a difference for someone. You are an inspiration. I hope you are using your story to inspire others. God Bless You!

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