Hey! My name is Brian, I am 36, and from Long Island, NY (Lets go Yankees!).
I was diagnosed in 2020, after many years and almost as many doctors. Looking back, my symptoms started somewhere in my late teens. I was very athletic at that time until I tore my ACL. I never fully recovered and never got back on a field. It hurt, and for a long time I blamed myself. I ended up having 2 more surgeries still thinking and hoping it was a structural problem. And boy, looking back on it, I see how my mind can rationalize things. But slowly the limp became more pronounced, balance became worse, hand eye coordination deteriorated and I knew something else was going on. When I finally received my diagnosis, I took it mostly in stride in part because, #1 I don’t think I understood the gravity of this disease at the time, #2 I had been living with (managing) the symptoms for over a decade, and #3 I kept reminding myself I was the same person as the day before my diagnosis, only now I know more and can be more proactive against it.