The Craziest Questions People Have About MS
Fielding weird and sometimes inappropriate questions and comments is part of the territory when you have MS.
If you have a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis, sometimes you deal with weird and difficult questions. Here, a few folks with MS share some of the doozies they've been asked over the years.
Nafisa: The craziest question that somebody asked me since diagnosis, was how did I get MS? Krystal: Oh, you should eat this, and it'll cure your MS. My friend did it. Brooke: Can you eat that? Are you allowed to have a drink? Daria: Oh, you're tired? Oh, I feel the same way. I worked a double shift today. Rafe: My friend saying you have six months to live. Basically, I've got to come down immediately. I just wanted to hang up on him. Kim: I disclosed it and they just looked at me and said, can I catch it? Julie: How much time do you have left? And I was like, I don't know, how much do you have left? It doesn't really impact your life expectancy. Nafisa: How did you get MS? It's not necessarily a crazy question. Crazy, because I wish I had the answer, of course, but I really don't know how I got it. One day I just couldn't walk straight and it just went from then on. Daria: I could be feeling horrible inside of me. Have a really bad fatigue spell. I'm having a bad day. But if I'm full face, nice hair, cute outfit. They just think, Oh, you're fine. Even though you're struggling to just get day to day or remember a name or remember little things, but people will tell you, I feel the same way. Really? Rafe: I'm a filmmaker and I was on set once and someone who didn't know I had MS, he cracks inappropriate jokes all the time. And he said, joking at another camera operator, what do you have MS? Can't hold that thing straight? And that was two weeks after I was diagnosed. Karen: The first week I was diagnosed, a nurse came over and the first thing she says is, well, would you consider possibly investing into a stair lift? Because you may need it to get from point A to point B. Within that first week, I'm still learning about what MS is. And I said, what?! A stair lift?! I'm only 25 years old and she's declaring that I will be needing that. I've always had a warrior spirit. And this was not going to allow me to just go under their wing and say, OK, I will fall into that. No, I know that this is not going to define me. I'm going to prove you wrong.