If you've ever felt bad about the fact that you were unaware of Multiple Sclerosis before beginning your own journey to a diagnosis, take comfort. Patty Solis was completely unaware of MS, despite having worked in a variety of healthcare roles for a number of years.
In this interview, she talks about the fact that it was her invisible symptoms that really started her on the journey to her diagnosis. She also recommends that you take along a close family member or friend to your appointments. Patty spent a lot of time making excuses for her symptoms but having somebody with her forced her to remember things that she'd forgotten.
Even though MS forced her out of nursing, which was a big part of her personality, Patty can see the positives from her diagnosis. She feels gratitude, is more empathetic, and has a greater understanding of mental illness.
Content warning: this episode features a brief mention of suicide ideation (from 13:25 to 13:55).
Support of this project is made possible through the generosity of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.