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“MS is unpredictable, but thanks to my treatment, I no longer feel preoccupied with the disease. It has reduced my anxiety about the future.”


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Age: 34
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Onset of symptoms: 1993
First symptom experienced: Numbness in left shoulder
Diagnosed: 1993
Started treatment: 2001


When Kyoko woke up one morning with numbness in her left shoulder, she blamed it on a recent motorcycle accident. But over the next five months, her symptoms worsened. Kyoko’s fingers became numb and she had difficulty walking.

After seeing several doctors, she was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). “I thought to myself, ‘how worried should I be?’ I had never heard of MS and began thinking about the unknown I’d need to face.”

After seeing several doctors, she was finally diagnosed with MS. “I thought to myself, ‘how worried should I be?’ I had never heard of MS and began thinking about the unknown I’d need to face.”

At the time, Kyoko was an active and promising student. But as her symptoms progressed, Kyoko stopped attending classes and gave up some of her favorite activities such as running and jet skiing. Before starting therapy, Kyoko experienced symptoms one to three times per year. “It was not unusual for me to be hospitalized for two or three weeks each year” because of them.

Once Kyoko started treatment, however, she no longer needed to be hospitalized. The frequency of her relapses also has dropped to fewer than one per year. “MS is unpredictable, but thanks to my treatment, I no longer feel preoccupied with the disease. It has reduced my anxiety about the future.” Kyoko also is lucky to have the continuing support of her friends and family.

“Therapies that prevent symptoms from recurring and delay disease progression are important for people with MS like me. My future is brighter because of the treatment available to me.” Until there is a cure for MS, “I will do my very best to live a full and active life.”