My MS was diagnosed in 1980 after several years of symptoms. I was on Avonex for 3 years (2001-2004) and then Copaxone (2006-2009) but currently am taking no MS drugs, though I do take 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.
I taught in the Chicago City College system for several years and have a Ph.D. I also worked as a freelance translator for many years.
One of my pastimes is keeping up with MS news. I subscribe to many medical e-mail newsletters and tables of contents from medical journals. In 2006 I started a message board for people with MS. As the years passed it evolved into something more like a blog, where I post something daily, usually material that might interest people with MS. You're welcome to drop in at MS Speaks at any time: msspeaks.createaforum.com.
I've been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1983. I live alone in a HUD-subsidized rental apartment.