MS symptoms: Sharing My Diagnosis with Others

melissa_momMy children were in early elementary school, too young to understand the situation when I was diagnosis with MS. I don’t even remember if we told them. I’m sure we did. I was about to begin my second year of teaching so telling my employer was out of the question. I could not lose my job and medical insurance. After giving the news to my mother, we shared the it with my husband’s large family at a gathering. “I’m sorries,” filled the air. One person shared the story of a newly diagnosed patient’s suicide and then she pleaded with me not to do the same. “The thought never crossed my mind,” I replied honestly but have never forgotten her reaction to my diagnosis. I have never been a quitter. I would never give up.

About the Author

Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.