Hi, my name is Kristin, and I'm a single mom from California. I was diagnosed with RMS back in 2003 when I was just 19 years old, and I've been on KESIMPTA® since September 2020. When I'm not working at my real estate job or following my son's sports events, I love to stay active. I'm training my dog Rocky to be a service dog, and that takes a lot of time and patience.
My RMS diagnosis shifted my perspective. When I was diagnosed, I was only 19 years old and studying to become an ER doctor. In that moment I lost sight of my future and goals. While my friends were out having fun, I just couldn't focus on being a normal teenager in college because I had to be extra mindful of my health. There was a constant thought in the back of my mind that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 40. This fear only motivated me to pursue a new dream job in LA. I quit school and never looked back!
I knew I had to switch treatments when I started having more relapses than before. At first, I was really scared. I was a single mom and didn't know how I could be there for my son while dealing with relapse after relapse. But when my doctor showed me the clinical trial results of KESIMPTA, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time.
Treatment type mattered a lot to me. Taking a daily pill to treat my RMS felt like a reminder every single day that I was dealing with a chronic disease. Now that I take KESIMPTA once a month,* I find that I'm not thinking about my treatment every day.
The Little Things
My goal is to simply be present. My RMS is unpredictable, so I'm never sure how I'll feel from one day to the next. I just want to wake up each day with a happy mindset, and be there for my son and my dog. It's the little things that mean the most sometimes.
My favorite saying is "Where there is a will, there is a way." I'm sharing my story so that other people with RMS will take control of their paths, too. I believe there is so much potential for people with RMS, so I want to encourage them to take action. Positive change can come from just one simple conversation or change.
*After 3 weekly starter doses.
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