Aug 21st, 2009 by Kathryn Merrow
“Multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence.”
I received some email from Raven Fisher who has MS. Raven is a remarkable woman who is proactive in her care. She does things for herself. She is an inspiration! And that is her message.
People write to me and basically say “I feel better now because of something that you said.” Everyones’ words are different but their message is similar. Something that I said made a difference for them–it helped them feel better.
The reason it worked is because THEY worked! They did something to help their smart body feel better. I only provided a little bit of information that they needed.
When Raven first contacted me, she told me that my carpal tunnel pain relief information was helping her even though she did not have carpal tunnel syndrome–she had MS. How could this be? It is because each part of your body is attached to every other part.
I asked Raven if I could share parts of her following emails with you and she graciously said Yes.
Here is her story.
“Four years ago when I was diagnosed with MS I also got the terrifying news that my life expectancy is 2yrs. Knowing what is actually wrong with me I immediately thought no way, who said so? God did not say it so I don’t believe it! I was in a wheelchair, could not walk, talk properly, read a book, focus on touching things. My brain told me to pick up that pen but my body did not want to. I did not know when ever my bladder and colon wanted to work, it always came as a surprise. Even when I was in public, embarassing, but hey, I blamed it on being a paraplegic, wonderful how people just assume that is the way it is supposed to be for me!”
“I refused to accept it and started pulling myself up!”
Within six months I started walking, robot-like. Everything I did was an achievement for me! I started being able to read again, my speech and abilities improved. I still kept on losing weight, I am 1.79m and weighing 44kg was a bit much! Today I’m a healthy 55kg, and will be staying on 55kg. When I was diagnosed I kept faith for my daughter then only 12, and my 2 cats! There is many other things that was wrong, that is now in the past. I do not like talking about me having MS. In the end I will not be Raven anymore, I will be that woman with MS.”