Glasgow, Scotland, UK
About 30 years ago when I was a young mother I became aware of spells of feeling exhausted, at times confused, bad spells of dizziness and pain all over the place. It would go away and then come back making life impossible at times and no one could tell me what was wrong. Each time it reappeared it was worse than before and always left me with either a new symptom to live with or one that I already had was worse.
Every Doctor I saw in the first 17 years dismissed me and told me there was nothing wrong because, by the time I got an appointment with a specialist, I was better.
In 2000, there was a sudden change. It started just as all other spells of illness had, but it was going on and on. I decided to demand an answer, it took a year, a year were it never went away and a year to continual tests.
2001 is marked by the news that I have Multiple Sclerosis. The toll it has taken on my life is now clear for all to see, but I am a fighter and although housebound I am still fighting. This isn't a medical site this is an ongoing story of me, my health, and my health.