My multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis came in the prime of my life. I was 25 years old, a neurosurgical ICU nurse, and in graduate school. I liked being the one to care for others, but being the one to receive help and attention made me feel uncomfortable. That's why I stubbornly ignored it when both of my legs started to go numb, even though I knew deep down that something serious was happening. When I lost the ability to move my right hand and my vision became blurry, I finally admitted that I needed help.
While receiving my MS diagnosis was hard, I actually think it brought me closer to my friends and family. Once I let them in and allowed myself to be vulnerable around them, they provided unconditional love and support. I only wish that I had been brave enough to let them in sooner.
Here are a few of my tips on how to build strong relationships with the people around you, and how to reach out for the support you need:
Finally, take every opportunity to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. Be sure they know how grateful you are for them every day.