My mother's friend Kate has lived for many years with both Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis. You wouldn't know it if you met her. She's a tireless worker and an ever-cheerful companion. Her house is never quiet, her kitchen never empty, and I've never once heard an unkind word come from her mouth. Insulin and therapy sessions are just a part of her day-to-day routine.
Getting Kate's MS diagnosis was a long and painful process. Every time she complained to her doctor about numbness in her back and tingling sensations along her limbs, he attributed it to everything from fatigue to weight gain. The doctor was reluctant to give her an official diagnosis, in part because of the futility of the current array of treatments available for multiple sclerosis. Additionally, this disease would be another on Kate's list.
A few years ago, a Danish study found that individuals with Type I diabetes have three times the likelihood of developing multiple sclerosis (see http://www.thisisms.com/article275.html
). Since then, more patients have been diagnosed with diabetes (both Types I and II) and MS. Both these diseases require great lifestyle alterations.
Fortunately for Kate, her healthcare providers are supportive enough to give her the resources she needs. Her tireless determination and optimism is inspirational. Do you have any experience with diabetes and MS?