Happy Halloween 🎃

I’ve had several DMT changes because I had some very scary allergic reactions while on my injections! On 9/20/18 my neurologist stopped my Extavia treatment and prescribed Rituximab! Naturally, I was very nervous once he went over all the possible side effects. One being PML, which just thinking about, gave me the heebie jeebies!

I had my first infusion on 10/17/18… I was miserable for 1 1/2 weeks. I had vision changes, strange pain in different spots, very heavy legs, dizziness, horrible anxiety, flushing, and crazy jaw pain! My Neurologist said he’ll check my disease course in response to the medicine, but I’m already treated for at least 6 months!

Although, I’m starting to feel better. I’m not 100% just yet. But, I have 3 sons and so the show must go on! It’s Halloween and to see them all dressed up and heading to school with the biggest smiles on their faces, is such a blessing! It means I’m here and I’m fighting! Living life with Multiple Sclerosis isn’t easy, but I’m never giving up! I have 3 ninjas (their costume choice this year) and a loving & loyal husband, depending on me to stay strong. Plus, I owe it to myself to make every day count!

I hope all of you are well and will enjoy your Halloween 👻

Sincerely, Crystal


I probably shouldn’t do this, ever… But, when I compare my present self to my old self (my true self) there is barely a twinkle of recognition! Optic Neuritis, tingling, numbness, falling, extreme fatigue, muscle spasms, and pain stop me in my tracks daily…thanks #MS!  Swelling from a #LupusFlare makes my shoes too tight and my fingers feel like popping. #JointPain is so consuming that I don’t remember how it feels to have “normal” knees. For Crystal with MS, planning ahead is pointless, but that’s how our 🌎 works. So, I have to find a way to be a part of it! #MS #Lupus #GoingMyOwnWay #BeingTrueToMe #FindingBalance #DeepThoughts #MSMadeMeStronger



Today marks my one year diagnosis of RRMS. Although I’ve been living with symptoms since 2001, 6 months after having my first baby boy… nothing could’ve prepared me for that day! After years of countless episodes of Optic Neuritis, migraines, dizziness, and being light headed… I’d finally moved to the big leagues when I couldn’t feel my 3 sons perfect faces any longer or walk without my knees buckling. Numbness and tingling were at an all time high. Then the MRI (4th one btw) that changed everything, and gave me a name for it all. As if the lesions weren’t enough… I had a Spinal Tap… ummm Crystal just as we’ve suspected, you have MS 👎🏽

Needless to say, MS is life long, I’ll need to rely on my faith in God and strength, forever. This isn’t going anywhere! Through this entire experience thus far, I realize that you can’t change people. But you can be grateful for those that stand by you through every step of the way, literally! It’s not easy to live this way, in tough times, everyday. The pain doesn’t go away, I’ve just made room for It! I do it for my boys, to show them that no matter what’s thrown your way, giving up is NOT an option. I look at the bright side, if I have pain it means I’m still able to feel! And well, I simply can’t fathom the alternative!