While it’s true that MS is a progressive, lifelong disease, the overall perception of it has changed. It’s no longer considered a death sentence, or something that immediately brings your life to an end. With positive attitudes and new perspectives, people who have lived with the disease for years are taking it in stride and managing it one day at a time.

George White, 35 – Diagnosed in 2008

“You learn to take the bumps and the bruises and the waves from in and out. And you learn to deal with stuff differently and not to panic about the small stuff. The only thing that I can’t control [is] how good or bad I walk each day. But the only thing I have complete control of every single day is my attitude and I just choose to have a good one.”

Cynthia Diaz, 44 – Diagnosed in 2005

“I can still do things on my own. Yes, I may need help, and I’ve learned that if I do need help I’ll ask for it. Challenges are on a daily basis. One day I could have a good day, and another day I could have a bad day, but I just accept that I need to slow down. I’ve got to be patient with folks and folks [have] got to be patient with me also.”

Troy Menzel, 42 – Diagnosed in 2005

"I’ve come to realize that MS is not nearly as horrible as I first thought it was going to be. MS is life. MS is not wonderful, but it just is what it is.

The world doesn’t stop when you have MS. The world continues. There’s still music, there’s still ducks on a pond, there’s still blue skies, there’s still the ocean, and that is just one of the most wonderful inspiring things that I’ve come across."

Katherine Gibson, 46 – Diagnosed in 2009

“I really trusted my doctors and when they said it’s going to get worse before it gets better, I was like, ‘But it’s going to get better.’ So it’s just going through the course of it and I kind of feel that way now. There’s just a symptom that comes up and I just go the course of it.”

Michelle Cammel, 47 – Diagnosed in 2000

“I had to learn how to say no and learn my body, because I was so used to going, going, going. I’m [an] ex-chef. I was working 13 hours a day on my feet. I had to stop doing that, but I learned how to live with it. I’m still working, I’m still productive, and now I know to listen to my body.”