I am 41 and I was just diagnosed in December. What landed me in the ER was hemiparesis on my right side. What developed was excruciating pain. Mercifully, it looks like this episode is over. What remains is a ridiculous amount of fatigue and some cognitive issues. I was hesitant to join a support group because I was worried about too many negative (and scary) stories, especially early on as I didn't know what to expect. I am so happy to have found this forum! To read what other MSers are dealing with - some the same, some worse, some better - has been like a breath of fresh air. And to read practical advise from people who know exactly what it feels like to deal with MS is a God send. Thank you for all that you share.
Because of the fatigue, I have recently reduced my hours at work from 40 to 30 and only work 15 of those hours on site. My employer has been wonderful. Unfortunately, because of budget cuts, I will be taking another financial hit of about 10% - knocking me down by 35% in just one month! Looking for a new job now but scared that I won't be able to manage 40 hours and since I am on Copaxone, the medical coverage is an issue. Does anyone know if MS is a pre-existing condition that insurance companies won't cover? I'm concerned about getting insurance if I leave my current employer and have a friend with Diabetes who says he can't get anyone to cover him - unless he is part of a group plan through his employer.
Diagnosed December 2010