Facing the challenge

By Lysa, TYSABRI Fighter for 8+ years

The first year after I was diagnosed was the hardest for me. I’m usually a very positive person, but I felt like I was losing control of my body. This was especially scary for me because I work as a stylist and I rarely sit down during an 8- to 10-hour shift. I had to start rethinking how I see my life.

I decided I needed to find a treatment that would help make my relapsing MS manageable, and I knew I needed to advocate for myself if I was going to find it. Treatments that I'd tried were not the best fit for me and I knew I needed to do something about it. I found a new neurologist who told me about TYSABRI. We discussed the risks and benefits, how my progress and safety would be monitored through the TOUCH program, and all the things you need to think about before you start a new treatment. I’ve been using TYSABRI ever since.

In 2013, I lost my husband unexpectedly. I became a widow and the single parent of a scared young boy. Since then, it’s been more important than ever that I take care of myself. I need to take care of myself so that I can take care of him. This doesn’t just mean treating my relapsing MS. I practice yoga and try to lead healthy, mindful life. Like I said, I’m a positive person by nature, but unforeseen obstacles are a part of life. It’s how you face them that matters. That’s the lesson I try to teach my son. I want to show him what it means to not give up.

Lysa's experience is unique, and yours might be different.