March is MS Awareness Month.
Join me today when I speak with Anne McCullough and Mara Youle about MS.
n January of 2006 Anne and her family moved in down the block from where Maura was living, and the two met that first day. At that time, Anne wore thick glasses, used a cane and was unable to drive due to optic neuritis - a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis. She had difficulties with her speech, balance, memory and cognitive abilities. "I'm a little slow on the uptake" she would say, which must have been frustrating for an intelligent attorney. (She was unable to practice.) Attacks or episodes could keep her in bed for 3 days at a time. Her emotions ran high - she cried several times a day - while her energy levels were terribly low, needing 3 or 4 naps a day and often going to bed at 7:00 PM. Daily she took 8 types of medication for the symptoms. When she was at her worst she needed to use a walker and couldn't understand or partake in a normal conversation. With therapy she learned to walk and talk again at the same time her baby, Patrick, did. Anne was in the deep, dark throws of a chronic, "incurable" disease.
Find out how the story ends. :) Hint: I LOVE a happy ending.
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