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My name is Lissette. I would like to share my experience with you. In 1991, I was 22 and the mother of a six month old beautiful girl, when I decided to consult a neurologist after suffering from a weak leg. At that moment, I took the results from an MRI that I done back in 1987. After the exam, the doctor told me that I had Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I was in shock since I did not know the illness. I only reacted with a nervous smile. Afterwards, the same doctor told me I could be paralyzed soon. Imagine how I felt to hear this as a new mother. After I left the doctor’s office, the leg never functioned well again.

It has been several years since then and I have been seen by different specialists. I have had several setbacks due to this illness but, with several treatments I have reacted well.

Now I am 34 years old and my daughter is 12 years old. If it weren’t for the help of my loving husband and family raising her would have been even more difficult. As of now, I can only walk short distances and with the help of a walker. Other than that I spend most of my time in a wheelchair.

Before my illness, I lived a normal life. My hobby since childhood was to dance. I always loved it and my husband would proudly introduce me as his dancing instructor when he didn’t need any lessons at all. I used to be a negative and pessimisstic person but after this ordeal I can say that I have changed for the better. It was really hard but I have a become a more positive person. I have a lot of faith in God and every day I thank him for all he has given to me: my family and friends. Never in the hardest moments I have stopped smiling. Of course, thanks to a friend I receive “The Daily World” a daily magazine that has helped me a lot.

That is why those who surround me will always have a smile from me with a happy message to spend every minute of life with joyfulness, union, understanding and always thanking GOD for every thing.

I am thankful that I am alive, happy, and surrounded with people I love and love me. What else can I ask from GOD. Everybody used to ask themselves: Why me? Why me? But never ask: Why not me