I Choose To View MS As A Bump In The Road Rather Than A Detour

July 19, 2011

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My name is Allie Williams. I am 15 years old and live in Alexandria, Louisiana.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 13, in May of 2009.

After going through many pediatricians and neurologists in Alexandria, Louisiana, I was referred to the Blue Bird Circle at Texas Children's Hospital where I saw Dr. Timothy Lotze, whom confirmed my diagnosis.

I awoke one morning to a tingling and numbness on my right side, walking problems and facial spasms.

The last thing I expected was being diagnosed with a disease like MS.

I underwent many tests, such as spinal taps, MRI's, and X-rays before doctors could properly diagnose me. The first attack left me with serious numbness in my right leg and hand, and I worried how it would affect my life.

I prayed about it and then set my mind to doing everything I could to overcome the obstacles MS set before me. After begin diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, the first thing that crossed my mind was, exactly what is MS?

The truth is, not much is known about the cause of MS and there is currently not a "cure".

When I was first diagnosed I was put on Rebif injections three times a week, and after two years I am now taking Betaseron injections every other day. After having relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis for two years, I am now in remission form.

I occasionally get intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) or IV solumedrol at Texas Children's Hospital. I never look forward to going to the hospital, but the nurses doctors and allie-williams-and-dr-lotzesocial workers always make me feel at home when I'm there. I absolutely love Radio Lollipop and visiting the game room during my stay. I also love all the nurses on the 10th floor, they are so nice, caring and very helpful to me and my family.

After being through many hospitals, Texas Children's is my absolute favorite!

In April 2011, I was a participant in the Walk MS in Shreveport, Louisiana. My team consisted of 27 people made up of my family and friends. During one month of raising money, my team raised $1,400. We did many many fundraisers to help reach my goal for the National MS society to one day find a cure.

Clay Walker, a country singer/fighter of MS, works to raise awareness about MS and give those living with the disease hope that research will lead to a cure in the very near future. On July 3, I had the honor to meet Clay Walker in Marksville, Louisiana, where he then asked me to join his Band Against MS. Clay once said: "I choose to view MS as a 'bump in the road' rather than a detour."

I have undergone so many obstacles over the past two years, and I wouldn't be who I am today without my doctor and his nurses. I have learned so much from having this disease, and I hope to teach others to never give up, like me.

Thank you so much Dr. Lotze and Texas Children's.

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