My name is Meggie Young (formerly Morgensen) and I am living with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 36. I was diagnosed in 2004. Since that time I have experienced attacks of symptoms that include blindness, mobility deficits, cognitive impairment, short term memory loss, nerve pain, insomnia, hearing loss, spasticity, weakness, foot drop, urinary incontinence, numbness, paralysis, nausea, and above all.... PAIN. Pain has been my constant companion since being diagnosed and there isn't a single day that goes by where I am pain free. I have had to miss so many things due to my pain and disease activity- work days, birthdays, family vacations, job promotions, weddings, funerals, fundraisers, the list goes on. When I am not working you will usually find me in bed because the toll working has put on my body is just too much to bear.
While I understand MS has no cure, and have comes to terms with that, I feel that is is inhumane for us to suffer from pain and nausea that could be alleviated or improved with the use of medical marijuana. Just because I have a chronic progressive disease doesn't mean I want to give up on life. I have goals and dreams and hopes and plans like everyone else, and I would like the chance to function and contribute to my community.
This is a photo of me during my 5 day loading dose of IVIG, a plasma based infusion. The cost of each infusion is around $10,000, and requires over 300 donors to make about 10g of useable plasma. The reason I am on IVIG is bc my disease hasn't responded to MS DMDs (disease modifying drugs).
I encourage everyone to follow my journey with MS on Instagram @meggiemyoung and Twitter @meggiemyoung.
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