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LEMTRADA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its risks, LEMTRADA is generally used in people who have tried 2 or more MS medicines that have not worked well enough. It is not known if LEMTRADA is safe and effective for use in children under 17 years of age.

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Being Proactive and Living with RMS LEMTRADA patient blogger: Rachel By Rachel, Wife, Mother, Domestic Engineer • April 28, 2017

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When I was first diagnosed with relapsing MS, I asked myself this: was I going to live with relapsing MS or actually LIVE with relapsing MS? My choice was to actually LIVE my life, despite my relapsing MS. I love my life and I’m lucky that I have so much to live for!

I was determined to be proactive with my relapsing MS, and after failing on other medications, I finally found a treatment plan that my healthcare provider and I thought would be the right option for me—LEMTRADA. I was hoping that LEMTRADA could reduce my relapses, because at one point I was having multiple relapses. I would barely recover from a relapse and before I knew it, I’d get smacked with another. So I talked with my husband and I also spoke with my doctor about the risks of LEMTRADA, such as autoimmune problems and infections, and also the benefits of LEMTRADA. I trusted my doctor's advice and we made the decision for me to start treatment.

As you can probably tell by now, proactive is the word that comes to mind when I think about managing relapsing MS. Thankfully, I have an awesome family and healthcare team behind me.

And now, not only have I been proactive about my relapsing MS, I’ve found myself setting new goals, like exercising and horseback riding regularly, as I am an avid horseback rider, although there are days that my body just says no and I’ve learned to respect that. I budget my energy and do what I can, when I can. I also rest when I need to.

How wonderful it feels to go out on the trail with my trusty steed, make travel plans, and host family and friends. Now don’t get me wrong, this has not been an easy road by any means. As I said, I’m determined and I’ve made changes and worked hard to be where I am today. I’ve also learned balance and ways to help manage my relapsing MS. I make an effort to experience the things that I love. 

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