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Devraj Krishnan – My MS Story

By April 30, 2024May 8th, 2024Uncategorized

Reflecting on the days that marked the onset of my battle with a mysterious ailment, I am transported to December 1998, a time when life took an unexpected turn. As I went about my routine in the office, a troubling symptom emerged – a sudden difficulty in reading the contents on the board. Diligent as ever, I sought medical advice, only to find myself amidst a series of misdiagnoses and fleeting solutions.

The journey to decipher the cause of my escalating health concerns led me through a series of uncertainties. In March 1999, as I grappled with the onset of unusual sensations in my left hand, conventional orthopedic remedies fell short. It wasn’t until my first encounter with a neurologist that the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place, albeit slowly.

January 2000 marked a pivotal moment as a visit to the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai unveiled the stark reality of multiple Sclerosis. Despite the initial shock, clarity brought solace. With a course of steroids, the fog lifted, granting respite from the enigmatic symptoms. Yet, the journey was far from over.

In the face of relentless challenges, my family emerged as pillars of strength. Their unwavering support propelled me forward, enabling my wife’s selfless decision to retire early, devoting herself to my care. With our children’s steadfast determination, we weathered the storm together, reshaping our lives around the demands of MS.

Amidst the chaos, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) emerged as a beacon of hope. Through their invaluable support and initiatives, I found renewed purpose. Engaging in yoga, meditation, and awareness campaigns, I discovered the power of community and compassion in overcoming adversity.

As the years unfolded, I embraced a newfound sense of purpose, channeling my experiences into avenues of advocacy and awareness. From organizing MS family meets to spearheading awareness programs, every endeavor reflected our collective resilience.

Today, as I stand amidst the shadows of uncertainty, I am fortified by the strides I’ve made. With unwavering determination and the support of loved ones, I navigate each day with gratitude and grace. MS may have reshaped my reality, but it has not defined my spirit.

To those embarking on their journey with MS, I offer a message of hope. Amidst the turbulence of uncertainty, hold fast to the belief that resilience knows no bounds. With each step forward, you defy the odds, embodying the true essence of triumph over adversity.

By, Devraj Maity

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