I was in the hospital for seven days while they did MRIs, blood work and a spinal tap. After three days, I was diagnosed with TM. After seven days, I left the hospital and started rehabilitation. For the next four months, I used a wheelchair and taught myself how to stand and walk again. After four months, I was able to walk somewhat but also used a cane for the next seven months.
I went back to school for computers and networking, and I’ve now worked for the same company for almost twenty-five years. I feel very fortunate as I can do a lot of things. I still struggle with the effects of TM, but I try to have gratitude and stay grateful for what I do have. Having a full-time job has been very challenging at times, but I have a great support system around me at work and home.
If I have learned anything from this experience, it is that you can overcome anything with the right attitude, perspective and love. Is it always perfect? Not even close, but I try to face each day with gratitude, and that carries me through. I just want to say to the newly diagnosed: you are not alone and you are loved. Reach out for help, and it’s OK to ask for help. Love to all.