Help and hope, East Texas woman living with Multiple Sclerosis raises awareness on World MS Day
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — May 28th is World MS Day, a day to bring awareness to this crippling illness that affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide, 400 thousand of which are right here in the U.S., 48-year-old Susan Terry of Bullard is one of them.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis six years ago in November of 2008, Terry thought her life was just getting started. She had just married her husband Tommy Terry in March of that year, and moved to Bullard from Pennsylvania, little did she know her life was about to change in the blink of an eye. "My vision went double, and I didn't say anything the first few days, and I thought oh this will go away, but it kept getting worse, “ Terry said. A trip to the eye doctor showed something she never expected, "He said well, what I'm seeing in your eyes is what I see in people that have MS."
An incurable disease, multiple sclerosis is a chronic illness that consumes your central nervous system. Terry had to learn to walk with a cane, give herself shots three times per day, and consume countless pills. This was a big change from the life terry had hoped for. "It's frustrating because you never know what you're going to wake up feeling like," Terry said.
She knew her determination needed to outweigh her depression."It was about a year and a half ago now where I made that decision and said, I’m tired of sitting in this and I'm going to do something about it." She did just that, now terry is the "Hearts of Hope" facilitator an East Texas support group for people coping with MS."You just got to be determined,” Terry said.
On World MS Day, and every day, Terry has made it her mission to spread a message to those who may be going through what she goes through daily, "I know it's scary, I've been there, it's very fearful, but reach out, that there is help, there is support and there is hope."
Susan Terry’s Self-help MS Support group meets every second Thursday of the month at Tyler Junior College, west campus in room 101, and at the East Texas Center for Independent Living.
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