One day each month, I get to be “needled,” you could say. It has been almost eighteen years since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and during that time, I have referred to myself as the “poster child of MS injectable therapies.” (At that time, there were only four, and I had spent significant time on each of them.) There are now more than ten different therapies, and I have added two more to that first list of four.
So why one day each month? My medication, Tysabri, is administered once a month… I’ll explain more in today’s thankful list.
5 Things I’ve learned to be thankful for due to MS treatment:
- Neurology professionals – The doctors and other professionals who help treat this disease are so appreciated!
- Tysabri –
Of the medications we have tried this monthly medication has done a better job slowing disease progression than the previous ones did. As such, we just found in May that it was 100th infusion month… I joked in April that we would need to celebrate this in May. I actually did bring in a “100” cake to share, but the special nurse with whom I had spoken did put up a sign. 😊
- Nurses! – I first learned to appreciate nurses when growing up in the home of a doctor and nurse, but I have gained greater appreciation as I’ve watched them start an infusion and set up an IV infusion during that monthly time.
- MRI machine – Today wasn’t an MRI day (this was a month ago), but I am indeed thankful that a doctor can see inside my brain and spine without making an incision.
- Needles – I’m the first to admit that I am not fond of needles. (Talking about medical use, not embroidery.) But you know what? I am thankful that medication can be sent straight into the bloodstream! How cool is that?! If I can close my eyes as a trained nurse does the tough part, all the better.