“I have MS, it does not have me.” Bringing awareness on World Multiple Sclerosis Day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – An Indiana woman is sharing her personal story in hopes of bringing awareness to a life changing disease.

May 25 is World MS Day, a day when Amanda McCullough openly talks about her multiple sclerosis.

“We had to make changes in my life but I feel like I made changes for the better so that I can live my life the way I want to live my life and not the way MS controls your life,” she explained.

Since then she’s made it her job to spread awareness about what MS really is and how the disease affects everyone differently.

“They say that within 10 years of being diagnosed you’re going to end up in a wheel chair,” Amanda told News 10. “I’m at 16 years. I think being positive about things and just going on about my life and keeping busy is one of the ways I can stay healthy.”

Ashley Ayers with the National MS Society, the Indiana State Chapter, explains what MS does to the body.

“It disrupts the flow of information within the brain and then between the brain and the body. So that can look really different from person to person but you can range from numbness and tingling in the legs to paralysis and blindness,” Ashley stated.

McCullough says she’s been medication free for 11 years and continues to live life.

She says it’s important that people know, “I have MS, it does not have me. And by World MS Day and getting that info out there they realize and know there are people out there that live and function daily. We struggle but we get through it.”

For more information on World MS Day visit their website.

 

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