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Funny Thing…Age

Posted Jun 16 2008 6:12pm

By contributing writer Needles ‘n Pens

Freedom Trial: Oral Drug (


 I guess I’m too old to volunteer for this trial …funny thing, age. When I had years of symptoms, starting in my thirties, I had no time to track them down (busy with children and working and elder care).Some things are just not meant to be. I’m glad I didn’t know younger … my elders never had to know … I didn’t lose my confidence, was able to work and care for my family, and help my parents in their home … Funny thing, age:there wasn’t any treatment back then that I missed out on. Symptoms came and went, and life went on, and I toughed it out. The consideration of MS was challenging for my doctor, though, because I was already well over 50 …funny thing, age… But the second and then third MRI and the LP were all positive, and I had “dissemination of time and place” given the many different symptoms in many different decades of my life, and so MS was declared, and daily injections have altered my expectations for a pleasant, simple retirement …I’ve only five years to go now for my pension, and know how quickly five years can pass … I’m determined to make it, so the challenging meds are a permanent fixture in my life. Yes, it’s afunny thing, age. Funny reason to exclude people who might, at this stage in life, be willing to volunteer for this trial, to take a risk to gain an easier path … I’m not skilled at injections, it’s not my field … maybe if I’d started to learn younger, but who knew? I guess injections by trial and error is all I will have.

Now that they’re working on an oral med, I’m too old …funny thing, age.






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