How MS Impacted My Role as a Mom

Cynthia King - How MS Impacted My Role as a Mom
Cynthia King Multiple Sclerosis

The worse part about Avonex was when I needed to inject hard to inject places, like the upper arms or behind. My husband's help was needed, and instead of approaching it with confidence, like OK, all set, let's go, he was all oo here? Right here? Is this spot ok?, this spot the right one? He just caused me too much anxiety...

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What are the biggest hurdles you face being a mom with MS?

Knowing whether or not I would have the ability to keep up with their schedules. Everyone thinks having little kids are hard, but keeping up with them come high school was even harder. You have to trust a lot. I remember giving blank pieces of paper with my signature on it so they had a permission slip or an excuse at the ready.

What do you wish other people knew about motherhood with MS?

Most of us are just faking it until we make it. We are doing the best we can. But I think a lot of mom's feel the same pressures.

How has the MS community helped you, if at all?

Misery loves company, I guess.

How have you explained multiple sclerosis to your children?

It was just a lot of, "Mommy can't right now." I once let my daughter take my MRI and use it for a science project.