Hello all! Have you have had a chance to listen to episode 8?
Making the decision to choose the right therapy best suited for YOU is difficult. Some days this thing called MS responds in such strange ways, it’s hard to tell what would be the best choice! This week we wanted to separate Lemtrada from the other therapies we’ve discussed and share our individual experiences.
Both of us have taken 2-3 therapies and we felt it was important to separate Lemtrada from the others. One reason is that it’s considered a newer DMT used to treat MS (only FDA approved within the past 5-10years). In fact, Daana was the first patient in Wisconsin to be infused with Lemtrada. I believe I was the sixteenth patient from my neurologist’s office. So, yes, this is certainly viewed as NEW.
The fears and anxiety of any treatment are normal, of course, but to include them in something that has a tremendous amount of preparation (before and after), can leave you jittery. Not mention the uniqueness of Lemtrada.
Remember, if you decide to make this therapy your choice to treat MS, ask your prescribing doctor questions! Nothing is silly and it is better to ask before diving in head first. Should you choose Lemtrada it would be helpful to:
- Be your own advocate
- Ask questions (I can’t stress this enough)
- Do your research and decide if this is best for you
- Talk to your support network
- Join the Lemtrada Facebook group
- Stay positive
- Breathe, you will get through this
- Follow your prescribing doctor’s protocol
- Call Genzyme and ask questions (they are the pharmaceutical company that will provide this therapy to your doctor)
Read more about Lemtrada on the Sanofi Genzyme website for more detailed information: https://www.lemtrada.com/
A few things I wanted to mention…if you do decide to have this infusion: be aware of any changes that may occur in your body. You are not paranoid or being a hypochondriac. It is very important to note any change that is out of your normal way of feeling. This is to ensure that your treatment plan runs as smoothly as possible. The various delayed side effects are NOT something that happens to everyone. Let me stress, it has happened to someone, therefore, it’s our understanding that pharmaceutical companies are required to report these occurrences.
*We are not doctors. We’re just two gals that chose to take control over their MS and select a therapy that worked best for us!
Until next time. Episode 9 will be here before you know it. In the meantime, listen to 8 & catch up on any episodes you may have missed.
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D & D