Why I Chose a Drug-Free Path to Treat Multiple Sclerosis
March 16, 2017
Let's preface this post with the obvious.
I am NOT a doctor nor a medical practitioner. All of the information I share on this blog is merely from my own personal experience. I've always championed research, learning, getting second and third opinions, and doing your due diligence so you can make an EDUCATED decision when it comes to your health and the health of your family.
Look. I have body in self destruction mode. It sucks. And it's so prevalent! Every person you meet either has an autoimmune condition or knows someone close to them that does. I've crossed the paths of many wonderful doctors, and frankly, some not-so-great doctors over the years. In fact, one of the very people who has helped me the most in navigating multiple sclerosis and hashimoto's has been a functional medicine nurse - not a Dr. In the end, I've had to be my own advocate. To not just passively absorb advice and recommendations from the medical field, but to actively reach out to people and ideas outside of the usual.
I've found that being open minded to various ways of healing has been an enormous blessing in this crazy world of autoimmune disease. There is no allopathic vs alternative medicine in my world. They both have tremendous value and complement each other beautifully when used properly.
So let's address the elephant in the room – the question many want to know, but are afraid to ask because they might offend me. By the way, I'm an open book so no question will offend me when it comes to my healing journey....
Why are you not on the typical drugs for multiple sclerosis?
The answer is simple. Because those drugs are not for me.
And here's where you say, "But wait! I'm on copaxone/beta interferon/oral meds/tysabri/injection and haven't had a relapse in years and feel amazing!" To this response I offer my sincerest and warmest congratulations. I'm so happy you've found something that works for you!
How great is it to live in a world where there are so many choices! So many options for treatment, so many ways that MS has been studied and understood. The fact remains that MS is tough stuff and we will all do anything it takes to keep it at bay. And in talking with fellow MSers over the years, I've discovered one thing: MS is like a snowflake...no two are the same. The disease affects us all differently. Our journey is our own, hopefully surrounded by loving and supportive friends and family. And if you feel alone and don't have a supportive network around you, BE the supportive network to someone else. Choose to lift and serve others.
I could add justifications on why I choose not to be on the MS pharmaceuticals, but that would require me to take extensive study and personal soul searching and condense it in a simple blog. In a nutshell, it's a personal decision. I have not closed the door forever on MS drugs. Possibilities always exist, but for now, I feel confident in my personal choice and I hope that you feel confident in your personal choice.
As brothers and sisters in this autoimmune community, let's celebrate our successes and support each other in our decisions, whether we personally agree with them or not. And let's be there for each other in our down days. Together we can do this and be warriors. No matter the state of our health, we all have something beautiful to offer the world around us.