Nobody expects to be hit by MS. But given the circumstances, I feel lucky in my bad luck.
My inspiration to fight this new predicament is my mother. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (another autoimmune disease) at the age of 47. It was 40 years ago. There was no treatment, doctors barely knew what the disease was about. They could only pump her full of steroids and painkillers. I only remember my mother in pain or in the fog because of painkillers. She never complained, or at least not in front of us, her kids. Nothing the doctor said was ever true for my mom, "the disease will slow down as you hit 60...", "you'll have long remissions". Her disease progressed every day until her death at 80+. When effective treatments (and trials - she ended on several experimental drugs) came to market, it was too late for her, too much damage had already been done.
Take this 40 years later with MS. I feel lucky that DMT are available, that doctors know more about MS (even if still very little) than they knew about RA when my mom was diagnosed, that the impact of diet and lifecycle is now considered as an important component, and that we have online tools and communities to get informed, share experiences and relate to each other. She must have felt so lonely at the time...
So, yes, I pledge to not complain (or at least not yet). MS has not changed my life significantly and made me aware of how health and life is precious.
Sorry for the rant but somehow I had to put this down in writing.