Hello everyone, my name is Karen and I'm from Anchorage Alaska. Well lived in Alaska over 22 years, I'm originally from Laguna Hills California. Once you've lived in Anchorage you won't ever want to live anywhere else! It's beautiful here and it doesn't get nearly as cold as say Chicago, in fact we haven't had enough snow to really ski on for a couple years now! I was diagnosed in 2009 and for the most part have been doing wonderful. That is with the MS, I've had major orthopedic issues and have had six coming up on seven surgeries since 2013, mostly back injuries. I'm getting ready to have one on October 11. Yikes, I sure hope this one helps. Between the misery of MS and the constant pain from my orthopedic issues life has become hell. I was active, trained horses and had a lust for life. This recent back issue has had me bound to my house for the past three months and I never know whether it's MS or my back. I've been on Copaxone since the very beginning and really haven't had any flares To speak of, so I just hang in there and pray, pray, pray!