15 years after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Lauren has learned to live comfortably and happily with her disease. She now conceives of MS as a friendly neighbor, something that pops by and says hello from time to time without weighing upon her daily life. Reflecting back on her diagnosis at 19 years old, it is clear that a major mental shift happened along the way that has redefined her relationship with MS.
In this episode of the Major Pain podcast, Lauren discusses her initial difficulties coming to terms with her MS diagnosis, and the healthy ways her attitude towards the disease has shifted over the years. She shares her history with ever improving MS medications, from doing shots at home that would knock her out for days, to taking pills with minimal side effects. She also shares the dynamic way in which MS has impacted her life and relationships including her recent marriage and first time pregnancy.