The strength and support in this forum is amazing.
My sister was diagnosed with MS in the Summer of 2009. It devastated our family. She has spent more than 10 years specializing as a doctor, and to think that this disease can take all her hard work away is a pain you do not even wish on your enemies.
Shortly after her diagnoses, I started to get muscle twitches and spasms. I have dealt with them everyday, occurring through every part of my body. After a 1.5 years of this, I had an MRI of the brain w/o contrast. They found "Several T2 hyperintense lesions in the supratentorial white matter...suggestive of multiple sclerosis." As I reviewed this with my neurologist, I teared up not because I might have MS, but because the pain my family would have to experience even at the sight of this MRI.
My cervical MRI, blood test and Visual Evoked Potential came out negative. However, my Evoked Potential showed an abnormality in my right leg. I've dealt with shaking and minor walking problems with this leg for the past 10 months.
I have a lumbar puncture planned soon. I hope that these results/symptoms are a series of terrible coincidences. When my sister was diagnosed, I prayed to God to give me the disease and not her. I prayed that she had worked to hard for this, and that I should get the worst of everything because I could handle it. If that is indeed the deal that I have arrived to, I'm more than ready for what life will bring.
Much love and respect for all those handeling this disease. I'm not scared either.