I ran into a fellow MS sufferer today. When she asked about my meds, I admitted that I stopped "using" three years ago this February. She, too, is no longer "shooting up"; We agreed that this was probably the best decision we had made in our individual journeys with Multipled Sclerosis. The symptoms we suffered while self-injecting still plague us, but with little to no progression. We are saving money and free of the chemicals that filled our bodies back then and getting to the bathroom in time is just as difficult now as it was then. We still have MS and we still feel lousy but without the additional side-effects that medication often creates. I guess that's a good thing; but rather disheartening in the battle against this horrible disease.
Another friend halted meds several years ago, mainly because of the expense and the lack of insurance assistance. Her symptoms were and are quite a bit different from mine. She is now in a wheelchair and unable to totally care for her own needs. She cannot attend her son's ball games and has difficulty feeding herself.
Both of these beautiful women are younger than I am. They were at one time physically active and involved in the lives of their children. MS took that away from one of them and served up terrible inconvenionce for the other.
MS sucks. That's all there is to it.