MS Awareness Amy Donaldson

 Since March Is MS AWARENESS MONTH, I wanted to do something special. I cannot think of anything more special than to introduce you to others that are more aware of MS every single day. We all live it, so this is the real MS.  These are the REAL stories of MS and the REAL people that have it. You will see all types of people and stages of MS. I hope you see how different people are that have MS.  I would like to add before I start this.(as I always do) always check with your dr before you change anything in your own personal MS regimen. What works for one may not be the answer for another. ~ Nancy


My name is Amy Donaldson, I’m 39 years old.   I was diagnosed in August 2012 when I was diagnosed with optic neuritis and lost sight in my left eye.  Although I was just diagnosed in 2012 I believe I have been suffering symptoms of MS since my early 20’s.  Eventually my sight came back with IV steroids.

My MS medicine of choice is Tysabri and I love it.  The main symptoms I deal with are fatigue, memory loss and leg pain.

I have had one relapse of optic neuritis since my diagnosis.  For the most part my MS doesn’t affect my daily life.  I still work full time as an accountant and am raising two kids 9 and 13 and am married to my high school sweetheart.

amy rietel high schoo sweethearts

We have been together 23 years.  My best advice for fighting this disease is a good, positive attitude and you have to be your own health advocate.  Do your own research don’t rely on your doctor to educate you on everything.  Each day I wake up and put my boxing gloves on!!!  😉 I am thankful for MS, I’ve met some amazing friends like Nancy. God is always good. If I’ve helped one person, made someone smile or laugh then maybe I’ve shown a little bit of God’s peace. That there is hope. That makes suffering this disease a little easier to bear.

amy donaldson family

Amy is a wonderful mom. You can tell she has great faith as well as puts her family first. She is always smiling and cheerful. Even when she may have a bad day she will still have an encouraging word for someone else.  She is truly an MS WARRIOR and I am proud to call her my friend.~ Nancy

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If you have M.S.and would like to have your story highlighted feel free to contact me at


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