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livingdaytodaywithmultiplesclerosis Patient Expert

Plano, Illinois
My name is Tara. I have been married for 18 years. We have 3 children. I was diagnosed with... Full Bio
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My name is Tara. I have been married for 18 years. We have 3 children. I was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in March of 2007 and what a whirlwind it has been. I think I went from a "Type A" personality to a "Type Z" personality. Sine then I have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chron's.

 While life continued for the rest of the world, it's as if life started over for me.  I had to learn who the "new me" was.  Everyday, I still find myself searching for who I am now and what I am supposed to be doing.

 I have always tried to think of life's adventures/struggles as a way to better myself and take what I have learned and use it to help others. I will be the first to admit that life is full of struggles, changes, tragedy, and hurdles. Some days are harder than others to accept them. Some days I think "this is not the way my life was supposed to go" or "why me"? That is when you need to dig deep and find that inner strength and face the challenges head on.

It is now October of 2010 and here is what I have learned. Multiple sclerosis along with any disease will always try to take over your life. You have two choices. You can let it control your life or you learn that having a disease or diseases is a part of your life but it is not your life and it does not define who you are.

I am still Tara who has a wonderful husband, children, family, and friends. I have MS, Fibro, and Chron's. It is a part of my  life and will always be a part of my life. But it does not make me who I am. If anything it has made me a stronger person.

I write to help other's know that you are never alone. I also have a website that I have put information on, that I feel may be useful and helpful. I also make custom decorated canes. Feel free to visit my website at