M.S., pregnancy, children, optic neuritis-questions!
Oooohhh.... I wrote a whole post and LOST it!! Here I go again!
Hi! I'm new to this board. :-) Little about me: I'm 35, mom of 2-year old (my joy!), marketing manager. Was diagnosed with M.S. 6 years ago along with the onset of a harrowing bout of optic neuritis in both eyes, which thankfully cleared up after steroids. Subsequently I went on Betaseron. Move forward through time and I married, had baby, after another optic neuritis (less acute), went back on meds until 10 months ago while DH and I try to conceive #2.
I didn't think it would take this long to conceive, and the past 2 weeks I had another optic neuritis, left eye, and this time it hasn't fully gone away. I'm still hopeful for that, but am managing. My dr. has ordered another MRI for comparison, and I'm fearful that he will recco going back on medicine for another year...putting off TTC until I'm almost 37. In my heart, I do feel the medicine helps me.
So, I don't know what my question is... but I KNOW that there are people out there who have M.S., conceive, have babies, live full lives! And I want to hear about your choices. I want so badly to expand my family...to bring more laughter and joy into the house, to give DD a sibling! On another note...I also want to hear about folks with optic neuritis. I have a hard time reading a computer screen, which is something I do on a daily basis, but I know there are ways to manage this. I feel like an eye-patch would help. Seeing big things is not too much of an issue...focusing on a computer screen is. While I'm still hopeful this will mend, I also feel like if this is my new vision...it's not the end of the world and I just need to learn how to manage it.
Long post--sorry! I wish I had joined an M.S. community a long time ago. It's taken me 6 years to realize that I hadn't arrived at a place...that this is a journey! Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from others.