Hi my name's 'Samuel' I'm a 30-something-year-old out and proud gay guy who lives in Victoria. I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS) in 2013 and, due to a number of considerations, I am 'in the closet' to most people about my diagnosis.
I hope to explore the reasons for my decision in this blog experience, while also covering the impact of being a young gay man with an MS diagnosis. I look forward to sharing my experiences, and I hope that it will encourage you to share your own with me. While 'Samuel' isn't my real name, I do hope this won't impact the interactions we can have in such a fantastic, accessible space.
I think it's really important to talk about this choice that many of us have in the initial years of our diagnosis, and perhaps even its' entire duration. While my mobility is currently a non-issue, I'm embracing the fact that many symptoms of MS are invisible, and using this to my advantage. I've always tried to find a positive spin in any situation, and this includes throughout my MS 'journey' (let's face it - with reality TV, everything is a 'journey' these days!). At the moment, the positive for me at this stage is that I have the choice to stay in the MS closet.