My Journey is simply my story, as I remember it, regardless of how inaccurate it may be.  Everyone's journey is different.  I am not, nor have I ever been qualified to give any medical advice.  Please refer to your doctor about what the best course of treatment is for you.

    Prior To MS Diagnosis-Our Family’s Story Began In 1997

    Prior To MS Diagnosis-Our Family’s Story Began In 1997

    My husband and I met in December of 1997, we were 26 and 32.  We found out a little later that we had both told friends/family that we had met our husband/wife after our first date.  Exactly 6 months later, we married. 

    In the early 90’s, due to endometriosis, I was told that I would never be able to get pregnant or even carry a child if I did.  I remember how devastating that was.  I wasn’t in a long term relationship at the time, however I had always imagined a life of being a mom. 

    Around a month after our first date, I told my husband I couldn’t get pregnant…I will never forget his reaction.  After a discussion of how many children we would like to have, his quick response was...well, we’ll pray for 3!  And that was the end of it.  We were both open to adoption and fostering.  The fact that I myself am adopted, and always wondered what my blood relatives looked like, played emotionally into my desire to have at least one child naturally.  But I was terrified to hope due to the continued words of doctors over the years.  I didn't have to wait long!

    I got pregnant less than a month after we were married.  In 1999, our first son was born, followed by our daughter seventeen months later.  Nineteen months after her, our family became complete with our youngest son.  Three births, two weeks shy of three years!  Which also meant three babies in diapers at one time.  It was a whirlwind.  

    Each pregnancy had its own set of complications…however I felt amazing!  While I was pregnant, excluding the exhaustion that’s typical during the first trimester, I felt like I was on top of the world!  I was more active, had more energy, and felt better than I had in years.  My OBGYN joked with me about being on her pregnancy plan, not her weight loss plan.  I had relatively healthy pregnancies but ended up weighing less directly after delivering than I did before I was pregnant.  Not understanding the energy I had until I was diagnosed a little over one year after our youngest was born.

    I would find out, in less than four years of marriage, exactly what kind of man I had married.    

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