Multiple sclerosis dating
Eventually, when she found herself so exhausted that she had to sleep 18 hours a day, she knew she had a serious problem. “At first, I was so angry — angry at God, at the universe, at my own body — it just felt so unfair,” she says.Six weeks of doctor appointments and tests later, she had her answer: The bright, young beauty with everything in front of her was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease known for stealing futures. “All I wanted to do was hang with friends, but I had to stay in every night, get painful injections every other day and go to bed early.” Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack the myelin sheaths on the outside of nerves, forming lesions that cause serious neuromuscular problems.Brandon Bowling fell so in love with Quartano-Bowling that, after just one month of dating, he even offered to follow her when she decided to move to New Orleans.
) The conversation was devastating, Quartano-Bowling says, and only reinforced her deepest fear: that at just 23 years old, she was “damaged goods,” and no one would ever love her.“I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, and this isn’t my backup life.I’m not living plan B, and I’m not going to waste any more time thinking about what should have been.” So she picked herself up, moved to a different state and started a new career in enterprise software development — a job that offered her both the flexibility her illness requires and work she’s passionate about.At the time she was diagnosed, she’d just started dating a cute med student. His reaction — he was almost speechless, just saying, ‘I’m so sorry’ over and over again — was my first indication this really was a big deal.” “Dating with MS was just awkward,” she says.“You can’t tell I’m sick just from looking at me.” And even though she looked fine, she wasn’t fine.