My name is Yvonne Decelis. I have relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 1994 but, looking back, am SURE I have had the "MonSter" all my life.
I also recently found out that I have Fibromyalgia (about 2 years ago... 2010.) As someone with health problems, I have discovered some ways to really improve my quality of life (QOL) and I want to teach others how to do the same for themselves.
I (finally!) received my BA in Gerontology (12/2012) and am now in Graduate School studing Management of Aging Services at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass). After I get my Masters' I will probably go for a PhD. I plan to become a published author and I plan to work on developing exercise and nutrition programs with a focus on elders and the disabled. My aim is to show people how to improve their quality of life (QOL) and I feel I have an "extra" qualification for this since I have improved my own life so much by changing my own (lifestyle) habits (i.e., I quit smoking, I eat more healthful food, I exercise a LOT (I'm a "gym rat" and I also take Tai Chi classes for people with Fibromyalgia,), etc.).
These sections are all unedited versions of chapters from my book, "It's Not as Bad as It Sounds (my life with MS & Fibro)".
WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects an estimated 2.3 million people around the world, for which there is currently no cure.3,4 MS occurs when the immune system abnormally attacks the insulation and support around nerve cells (myelin sheath) in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, causing inflammation and consequent damage. Damage to these nerves can cause a wide range of symptoms, including muscle weakness, fatigue and difficulty seeing, and may eventually lead to progressive disability." *
The good things that have come to me from having MS and/or Fibro (a more positive "spin" on my story, so far.) NOTE: my book, "It's Not as Bad as it Sounds (my life with MS & Fibro)", is for sale at amazon.com.
Health Risk Indicators Before the MS diagnosis (and before the Fibromyalgia Syndrome presented itself) along with day-to-day side effects/symptoms NOTE: my book, "It's Not as Bad as it Sounds (my life with MS & Fibro)", is for sale at amazon.com.
A brief overview of medications I have to take for dealing with my MS and Fibromyalgia (keep in mind that EVERY patient is different. Not every medication has the same results for every person. I am a patient and this is my own experience.) My book, It's Not as Bad as it Sounds (my life with MS & Fibro), is available at Amazon.com. -ydc
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