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Living the CCSVI Experience - an MS Patient's story

Posted Mar 01 2011 12:00am

Andrea's Perspective I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world.  I had given up the rat race in 1999; chucked my corporate job as Director of Human Resources for a Manhattan advertising firm, and at age 50 went to live on the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico (population 8,000).   I managed a beautiful nine room guesthouse on a hilltop overlooking the Caribbean on one side and the Atlantic on the other.  I had great friends and neighbors, had learned to speak Spanish, was on the board of the local Humane Society, and was very happy.  Life was wonderful, and I was old enough to appreciate it. I woke up one morning in 2004 feeling like both feet had fallen asleep – tingling and slightly numb.  “Strange,” I thought, and went off to work.  Over the next 2 weeks, however, that feeling crept up my body until it reached my upper chest.  Then I noticed when I put my head forward the tingling got worse, like an electric shock.  The local chiropractor suggested I see a neurologist, so I took the ferry to see one in Fajardo, on the main island.  She did some testing but made no diagnosis.  The thought of MS came to my mind because I had an aunt and a cousin with MS, but this doctor told me I was too old to get MS (I was 55).  I didn't know it then, but clearly that was false.  Then, a childhood friend who  had MS for 20 years happened to call me.  When I described my symptoms she said, “Andi, I hate to tell you this, but that's exactly how my symptoms started.”   I knew then that I had to return to the States to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
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