Rose Njoki’s story about MS.
My name is Rose Njoki. I was born in 1990 and I have one daughter. When I was about
13 years old I started having eye problems, I was experiencing double vision. I went to see a doctor with my mother but the doctor could not identify my problem, so we consulted one doctor after another. Our last option was an eye specialist, and I was scheduled for an operation. However, I didn’t go for the operation because a day before the operation was to be done, my eyes regained their normal state. I remember the doctor told me to undertake a CT scan but I didn’t bother getting the scan because I was feeling better.
I remained in good health for more than 11 years, then I gave birth to my lovely daughter in 2014 and the problems started. I often felt dizzy and walked like I was staggering. I could not even hold my baby because I experienced tremors. My vision became worse, so I went to an optician who told me to get a CT scan so as to see what was wrong with me. I got the CT scan and went back to the eye specialist who then referred me to a neurologist. I visited a neurologist, who told me to do an MRI, and that is when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Life changed drastically. I didn’t know anything about Multiple Sclerosis, so I would tell my story to anyone who seemed to care. That is when I sat down and decided to learn everything about Multiple Sclerosis, and now I am aware of what it is and how one can live and manage Multiple Sclerosis.
I was almost paralyzed because of Multiple Sclerosis but I was put on medication and I did physiotherapy exercises. I believe I had experienced symptoms earlier because I would get tired easily and so I was often put on bed rest.
Since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis after I gave birth and was sick, I did not develop attachment to my baby. We were like strangers. She was afraid of me and since I was caught up with the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, I did not have time to show her love. But little by little, I am now closer to my baby and we now bond better.
I would encourage one not to be stressed by Multiple Sclerosis and just live life one day at a time. Eat healthy, you can exercise by walking, however in my case I do not jog since I would become dizzy, but I try to walk a lot.