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November 18th

Posted November 18, 2012

We couldnt be more honored to share the second installment of Tristan Williams blog. One year ago this extraordinary gentleman wrote his first installment featured on here discussing his battle with MS and being diagnosed at the very young age of 19! He has overcome incredibly tough obstacles this past year and he tells the story of his inspiring journey back to health and healing. We are so proud of him and inspired by him! He has touched all of our lives here at the Race to Erase MS and we are sure he will do the same to yours. Here is his amazing story:

November 18th

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heal (h l)
v. healed, heal•ing, heals
v.tr.
1. To restore to health or soundness; cure. See Synonyms at cure.
2. To set right; repair: healed the rift between us.
3. To restore (a person) to spiritual wholeness.

When I was offered my second opportunity to be a guest blogger for the Nancy Davis Foundation, I wasn’t sure what message I wanted to share with the world. Today is exactly one year from when my original blog was posted, and it is hard to believe how much my life has changed. I chose to write my follow up about my personal journey back to health and healing. I want to give readers an inside look at my ongoing experience with The MonSter known as Multiple Sclerosis.

On the journey back to health, I have been challenged by many obstacles blocking my way. I was forced to hit rock bottom and surrender, before I could take steps towards achieving my dreams.

I am currently 3 years into my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and for the first time in my life, I feel healthy. Better yet, I feel brand new. I am no longer a victim of the MonSter known as Multiple Sclerosis. I have achieved exactly what I have always dreamed of. My goal was to find a way to heal myself and then share the knowledge with my peers. I won’t promise that what has worked for me will do the same for you; my sole intention is to inspire you to begin your own journey back to health and wellbeing.

Disease has always played a significant role in my life. I am 22 years old and I have lived with Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid Cancer and Bone Cancer. I have given up on rationalizing why so much has happened to me at such a young age. I would feel guilty, as if I were the one to blame for the pain and distress that engulfed my life. I began to grow tired of living a life restricted and suppressed by the boundaries created by my dis-ease. I made a commitment to myself that I would never give up. My life started to change when I learned to use my suffering as motivation to conquer the impossible. It was time to look BEYOND MS.

My moment of transition occurred when I was diagnosed with Bone Cancer in January 2012. Doctors found cancerous lesions on my right hip joint and femur bone. The biopsy results concluded that the cancer they found in my hip stemmed from my Thyroid Cancer in 2002. My team of Doctors performed an arthroplasty of my hip joint and 6” of my femur bone to rid the cancer from my body. When I awoke from surgery, I knew that my life would never be the same.

During my first week post op, it took time and patience to adjust to my newly implanted titanium hip. I remember trying to take my first steps, and it was as if my brain and body were no longer connected. I would try to move my leg, but there would be no response. I was crushed; I had finally met my match, Multiple Sclerosis and Bone Cancer combined were too much to handle. As the days went on, the motivation to gain back my mobility and health became overwhelming. I knew that I deserved more, and I wasn’t going to settle for less.

First Steps After Surgery

Bone Cancer was the force that pushed me to start my life over. I promised myself that this time we were going to do it right. My body was rested from the duration of time I spent in the hospital, and at home recovering. This became the perfect opportunity to heal myself from the MonSter at the same time. I began to do research on foods with natural anti inflammatory properties that I could easily incorporate into my diet. After many weeks of study, I gathered an overload of information. I decided that treating each of my symptoms individually would be the most effective for my healing. I carefully chose the methods I felt were best for me, and gradually introduced them into my lifestyle.

Each month that went by, I felt an increased sense of energy growing inside of me. The pain that plagued my body for 3 years was no longer in control. I remember doubting myself as I achieved what I had once thought was the impossible. Was this renewed energy that I was feeling just a facade in my mind? I was confused, I felt lost. I had to surrender and leave my past behind in order for me to move forward in my journey back to health.

Today, I am gradually recovering from my greatest battle to date, and I have never felt more alive. I have accomplished more than I could have ever imagined. I am no longer involved in a war against myself. I have risen above the impossible, and I am more confident than ever that we can all achieve whatever we set our minds to.

Multiple Sclerosis is a very personal battle, but I do not believe that it is one that we should have to face alone. With that said, I welcome all of you to join me as I embark on my biggest endeavor yet. Creating The Tristan WilliaMS Foundation has been a dream of mine since my diagnosis. I am weeks away from launching the Foundation, and the feeling is breathtaking. I have been given the opportunity to turn my life around, and use my story as inspiration to instil hope in others. I am honored to have a voice among the many within the MS Community, and I know that together we will achieve success in finding a cure to eradicate The MonSter that affects so many of our lives.

My goal for The Tristan WilliaMS Foundation is to be a voice among the people that have yet to be heard. I plan on spreading awareness, and creating resources and services that are inspired by patients themselves. I have dedicated my life to seeing us all rise above the odds that may seem impossible. With the effort of the MS Community as a whole, I believe there is no end to the continuous forward progression in finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Website:TWMSF.com
Follow TWilliaMSF on Twitter.
Find Tristan on Facebook.
Email: t.williams@twmsf.com

Comments

  • Hi Tristan,
    i was recently diagnosed with ms too and just started on copaxone. im taking it well and being positive. im a lot older (39) but i found the ND Foundation and thought it was a fantastic organization.
    i want to get more personally involved one day. Anyway i just read your story and you have it! that attitude that gets you through. You look great and are a true inspiration to all! Just had to tell you that and i plan to look and feel just as good!

    Roni Finch said (1 year, 4 months ago)
  • Way to go! You are an inspiring and brave young man-wise beyond your years! Thank you & keep us posted on your foundation & fundraising!

    Melanie said (1 year, 4 months ago)
  • As always, the sun is shining bright upon you ! Even as you find your own path towards healing and hope for the future, you have the courage to look #beyond MS to find ways to help others find their own "Road to You"...That smile is worth millions, and knowing the man behind the smile backs it up 100%. Can't wait to get this foundation moving forward...exciting times ahead, and my dancing shoes are ready !!!!

    Jennifer said (1 year, 4 months ago)
  • Wow! What an amazing story Tristan, and thank you for sharing. You are so inspiring and wonderful and I wish you the best of luck with your foundation! Please keep us updated :) You have inspired me to start my own healing process as I have Graves Disease and have found myself overwhelmed and defeated! Your story gives me great hope to take the next step to pick myself up and start my own healing process. Thank you and god bless you.

    Teresa said (1 year, 4 months ago)
  • Dear readers,
    I thank you for taking the time to hear my story. I am excited to continue my journey back to health with the support from all of you. Please feel free to send me an email at t.williams@twmsf.com to stay in touch, and be updated on the progress of the #TWMSF movement.

    Thank you :)

    Tristan Williams said (1 year, 4 months ago)
  • You're a true inspiration to all of us who are lucky enough to have crossed your path! Thank you for all that you do! What an amazing journey you've brought us all on...

    Joyce said (1 year, 4 months ago)
  • Dear Tristan,

    I knew the first time I met you in the MS
    clinic waiting room, that I had happened
    upon a very special young man indeed.
    While at Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation center, I grew steadily concerned as you struggled even
    to walk. Who could have known you had cancer again.
    Now, you are rid of the cancer & you are free to heal again. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
    Michelle

    michelle said (1 year, 4 months ago)

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