Multiple Sclerosis Patient Success Stories
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, progressive condition that affects the brain and the central nervous system. In patients who have multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the fatty layer that’s purpose is to protect the nerves of the central nervous system. This causes the disruption of nerve signals and communication between the brain and the spinal cord. This nerve damage has many debilitating effects on a patient. Those with MS often suffer from loss of muscle control, impaired balance, loss of vision, and a decrease in nerve sensation. There are many people here in Michigan living with Multiple Sclerosis.
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, there are many different medications and therapies that are designed to slow the progression of the condition. Patients often receive various treatments that shorten the attacks associated with multiple sclerosis and alleviate the symptoms of the condition. With these therapies, many people go on to live full and happy lives.
Deb was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 41. Her neurologist gave her a very negative prognosis, insisting that in just five years’ time, Deb would be confined to a wheelchair. Deb, however, refused to simply accept that what the doctor said was true. Instead, she set out on her own to learn more about her condition and how to manage, and even overcome, the symptoms of multiple scleroses.
The first step in Deb’s journey was to lose weight. According to her physician, Deb was approximately 70 pounds overweight at the time of her diagnosis. After losing 50 pounds, Deb still noticed flare ups due to multiple sclerosis. She recognized that these flare ups occurred when she was stressed. She responded to stress by eating foods that were high in fat – such as ice cream and chips. Deb decided to try and alter her diet. Deb started eating a healthy “semi-vegetarian” diet that was low in fat, and high in vitamins and nutrients. She immediately noticed that the symptoms of her MS subsided in concert with her improved diet. After 10 years, Deb’s condition has not progressed. She is able to live a healthy, active life. She eats well, walks six miles a few times a week, and performs daily strength training exercises to help keep her body, and her mind, healthy and strong.
The story above is certainly not unique when it comes to patients overcoming the effects of their MS. Like Deb, Angela was able to reduce the severity of her symptoms and slow the progression of her multiple sclerosis by making drastic, healthy changes to her diet. After receiving her diagnosis, a friend encouraged Angela to switch to a vegan diet. Within 6 months of starting this diet, her speech improved and her gaited walk normalized.