Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Little Late To The Party

When it comes to treating MS - there are a few options available for an MS fighter, each with their own positive and negative attributes. I've been on a drug for over a year now called Copaxone - which is one of the safest and oldest MS drugs on the market. 

The problem?   It's not a pill or cream or any other easy drug to administer, it's a shot. So every night at approximately 9:30pm I use a pretty cool contraption to auto-inject the medicine into various parts of my body. 

While that doesn't sound terribly appealing - it's much better than the outcome is without any medication and it's the safest drug for me - so in my mind, it's worth the needle torture every night.

However- research has recently had a break-through with Copaxone where it is no longer a daily injection but 3 times a week injection.

How cool is that? 

While this happened a couple of months ago - I'm a little late to the 'New Copaxone' party but nevertheless I made it! 

With that - this type of progress in treating in MS is completely impossible without the monetary support that has been donated by so many members of my friends and family for various National MS Society events that I have participated in. 

I want to say 'Thank You' to all of you who have made this possible. My puncture wounds, knots and bruises will be 50% better directly due to the love and support of each person. 

While a cure has not been found and research is still looking into pretty cool ways to managing symptoms, it's exciting to be someone who is directly impacted by the endless research that the National MS Society does for our community.

As many of you know, my mom is on the same shot and will be getting her 'New Copaxone' in just a few short weeks - so we will all be doing the happy dance! 

(My very last daily Copaxone shot)