Morris, an 18-year-old from England who was diagnosed with MS 3 years ago, has a positive, spiritual outlook on his MS. As he claims, “Being Jewish, we strongly believe that everything that happens is for the best and that g-d does it through love.” His story of his past three years of MS reflect his great outlook on his life with MS.

Three years ago, during his last year in high school, he had trouble gripping his pen when he was trying to write during his exams. People did not believe that he was really having this problem, they thought that he was just triyng to get out of his exams. 

Soon his problems got worse though, and he had to get help doing things like getting dressed. He went to his doctor, who dismissed these problems, claiming it was probably nothing. A few weeks later, his mother took him to the hospital where they tested him for various conditions.

From these tests, Morris was diagnosed with a condition that was not MS, that he was told would repair itself within a year. (Morris does say that MS was discussed as a possible condition, but that it had been dismissed.)

After this, Morris started college in Newcastle. After a few months, he had to go home for a short break because things had gotten bad. His mother especially noticed the change when he came back home from being out one night, and his legs gave out and he fell to the floor.

His mother again took him to the hospital  and was adament that he needed to be rechecked. His tests started again, and after more blood tests, MRI scans, and a lumber puncture, he was diagnosed with MS. The morning after his diagnosis he was hooked up to a drip for a few days and was administered steroids. He was able to walk after a few hours.

Today, he takes daily copaxone injections and he hasn’t had an attack in three years. Although his leg can tire after long walks and he can have a “bit of a jumpy leg,” he still goes to the gym everyday along with working full time and having his own small vending business. He also sings at weddings with his father’s band.

His message to anyone who has MS or to anyone who has just been newly diagnosed is “don’t think the world has come to an end.” As he states, “My life has remained almost completely unchanged. I love my job and love life! It might be hard at the beginning to come to terms with, which of course is entirely normal, but once you get used ot the symptoms you will be able to lead a happy and fulfilled life. It is important to look after yourself, eat healthy, keep active, and get plently of sleep.”