At the end of September, I celebrated my 10 year “crapiversary”. It has been 10 years since I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. Some people think it is silly that we celebrate the onset of my TM, but my mom always says it is a time to celebrate, because the past 10 years prove that our family can make it through anything!
I got TM when I was four years old. I remember very little of what happened at the time, but my parents have filled in a lot of the details. I was falling at preschool so my parents took me to the doctor, that led our family down a path of several diagnoses over the following week, before I was hospitalized. After being diagnosed with TM, I was paralyzed from my chest down, and had minimal use of my arms and hands. When I was discharged, the use of my arms and hands had fully returned, but I didn’t have any use of my legs. Presently, I have about 60-70% of “normal” usage of my right leg, but my left leg does not work at all. I use forearm crutches to walk.