MRIs and Reports and New Meds… Oh My!!

Written by on June 10th, 2014 – No Comments

Hello darling SLM community!

Before I get into my post, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the MS-walkers!  I’m so proud of you for taking the time to raise awareness; you’re such amazing people.  I’m inspired by you!

My sincerest apologies for not getting a post out sooner, life has certainly handed me some ups and downs! In my last post I chatted with you about my most recent adventures to the MS Clinic at St. Mike’s hospital and left you with my plans for another MRI and a follow-up at the clinic in October.

Since then, I have completed the MRI, it came back showing two new lesions since the previous scan done in November 2013; the first lesion is 8mm and sits in the front right side, and the second is 6 x 3mm and sits in the back left side. Armed with this information, I attended an appointment with my first neurologist (not the MS clinic) who is of the opinion that the clinic is going to want to ‘upgrade’ my medication since the new lesions appeared within less than 6 months. He recommended that I should have another MRI completed before attending the follow-up in October to see if there is any more progression within those 5 months as well. So with that said, I now have two new dates for scans (brain/spine) coming up in September; this will provide the clinic with the three MRI CDs and the technician reports needed for proper treatment going forward.

This plan, while daunting, brings me a lot of comfort as it feels like we are taking the initiative to cut down on wait times. All this information will provide the clinic with the best idea of what is going on with my MS, how serious it is becoming, and in which direction to proceed, especially if new treatment is necessary.

I’m forever grateful that I have such an amazing team of doctors working to keep me as healthy as possible! I have been hard on them but I know they are working so hard on my behalf; when I take the time to see it, its very clear. I will admit that the anxiety and stress of the ‘unknown’ has caused me many sleepless nights; but I’m holding on tightly to the small victories in my day-to-day.

Thank you, as always for giving me a place to put my feelings and for being my apart of my support, I can’t tell you how much it means to me!

-Ashley

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