Avril doesn't let anything stop her; this is how she deals with her relapsing MS.
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My name is Avril and I'm from Texas. I take AUBAGIO for my relapsing and remitting MS.
I'm a mother of two wonderful, beautiful daughters. I'm also a grandmother and I work full-time as an IT software buyer. I would say I'm a flower child. My spirit is very free, and I love nature and I love the world.
And I do enjoy cooking. That's one of the best things I love to do. Cooking is therapy for me. If I have something on my mind, or if I'm having a difficult day, then it kinda makes me feel better. My family background is Creole. My mother and my great-grandmother, uh, kept me in the kitchen from the time I can remember, probably about the age of five. So, it's tradition. I did the same thing with my children.
In the year of 2000, I was diagnosed with MS.
I started to notice symptoms about three months after I moved into an apartment. I actually started falling up the stairs. I also started experiencing tremors on my right side. And numbness within the right foot and leg. Then that's when I realized something is not right. And I was pretty much shocked. 'Cause I really didn't know anything about MS. I had about five minutes of tears. Being confused.
When I think of MS, what comes to mind, you have to deal with the monster. You have to learn how to keep it in the place it belongs. In its cage. This is going to be with you the rest of your life. You either embrace it or you don't. I chose to embrace it.
I've been on three different injectables throughout the 14 years I've been diagnosed. That caused a lot of anxiety for me. Plus a lot of bruising of the skin.
I had a place in my bedroom that was serene, to actually help me build up the courage to continue my injections. But I got to a point where I would make excuses not to go to that place.
I switched to AUBAGIO in 2013. Because it was a daily oral medication, I felt like it would fit in my lifestyle better.
As far as side effects, I had diarrhea for the first three months, it took care of itself. The other thing is that I saw a little hair loss in the shower for three months. Thinning more than loss, to be honest with you.
My taking AUBAGIO has been wonderful. I actually get up in the morning. I have a routine. I take my AUBAGIO every single day at 9 AM. No matter what time zone I'm in. When my cell phone reminds me by a beep. Beep. Beep. (laughs) It's time to take the pill.
I have not had any relapses. No additional new lesions. I do have more energy. I'm feeling better.
I make my day about me and not about MS. I live my life to the fullest. I have such a positive spirit. I don't let anything stop me.
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AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Are of childbearing potential and not using effective birth control.
It is not known if AUBAGIO passes into breast milk. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you should take AUBAGIO or breastfeed — you should not do both at the same time.
If you are a man whose partner plans to become pregnant, you should stop taking AUBAGIO and talk with your healthcare provider about reducing the levels of AUBAGIO in your blood. If your partner does not plan to become pregnant, use effective birth control while taking AUBAGIO.
AUBAGIO may stay in your blood for up to 2 years after you stop taking it. Your healthcare provider can prescribe a medicine that can remove AUBAGIO from your blood quickly.
Before taking AUBAGIO, talk with your healthcare provider if you have: liver or kidney problems; a fever or infection, or if you are unable to fight infections; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms; diabetes; serious skin problems when taking other medicines; breathing problems; or high blood pressure. Your healthcare provider will check your blood cell count and TB test before you start AUBAGIO. Talk with your healthcare provider if you take or are planning to take other medicines (especially medicines for treating cancer or controlling your immune system), vitamins or herbal supplements.
AUBAGIO may cause serious side effects, including: reduced white blood cell count — this may cause you to have more infections; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms; allergic reactions, including serious skin problems; breathing problems (new or worsening); and high blood pressure. Patients with low white blood cell count should not receive certain vaccinations during AUBAGIO treatment and 6 months after.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
The most common side effects when taking AUBAGIO include: headache; diarrhea; nausea; hair thinning or loss; and abnormal liver test results. These are not all the side effects of AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you.
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