* I was diagnosed January 2021- so it is a very recent diagnosis for me. I lost sight in my left eye December 2019 and saw ophthalmologist throughout the year that did not know what was going on with me until I finally saw in your ophthalmologist at the end of 2020 who ordered the NMO test for me. My case has been a little bit strange because my optic neuritis in my left eye has taken 97% of my vision but my MRI is still enhancing.
* I honestly feel like this diagnosis pieces together a medical mystery. It explains symptoms that I’ve been experiencing my life (nausea, hiccups, stiffness, etc.) I have never had an NMO attack and I believe that is due to the fact that I am taking lithium for my mental health which has some nerve building properties that are yet to be fully explored- but needs to be soon to help others. I would like to use my life to help people with this diagnosis and really all Neurotypical people.
* What inspires me to thrive is the ability to help others and create art that helps explore who I am. Along with my family, friends and overall support system- without them I would not be here.
* I am grateful for the opportunity to keep going and my loved ones. I’m so happy that I can inspire others and the bonds that I’ve made with other warriors are essential.
* My message to other warriors is: No one knows what it’s like to be you. It’s important to do what makes you happy. Always ask questions and advocate for yourself during doctors appointments and in the hospital. Keep your boundaries in place and foster healthy positive relationships with others- you don’t need any added stress!!