(Edited for explanation)
I was diagnosed with MS in June of 2012 after having a bout of double vision. This was the worst news I could possibly ever be given. Not only did I fear I would never be able to see with both eyes again (thus giving me great difficulty scrapping), my father had a severe form of MS and had been bed ridden since I was in college. MS was a part of my life that I did not want to get any closer to than I already had been… that was not the case, however, and I was going to soon get a feel for what life was like for my daddy.
I continued through the summer of 2012… my vision returned to normal and in some ways I had never felt better… Until mid-August of the same year. The trouble began innocently enough, I couldn’t feel hot or cold with my hands. I thought it was odd, but didn’t think much of it. Soon, however, my hands began to hurt and I couldn’t even hold a pencil with my right hand.
This was a warning sign that worse things were on their way… but me being me, I just ignored them and went on my way. There was too much to do to be sidelined by a little discomfort. Then the worst thing ever happened… I woke up one morning in early September and I couldn’t move… I had my first major attack on my nervous system.
I continued to get weaker and weaker. I couldn’t use my hands to brush my hair, feed myself, brush my own teeth… much less hope to scrapbook. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t see very well and the pain was out of this world (and constant…. I recently had kidney stones and the pain was more pronounced, but thankfully only for a short time.)
For month I thought my time scrapping was done. In January of 2013 things were better (not 100%), I was still straggling, but I knew I had to get back into my studio. These are my first attempts at scrapping after losing everything. I had a long way to go to back to where I wanted to be (heck, I still do 🙂 ), but I was proud of my attempts and wanted to share them.
It is now May 2014… I still have pain, but the MS is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do. I am always mindful of the fact another relapse could happen… but I live everyday to its fullest, and can usually be found in my studio.