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Grieving My Partner's Potential New Diagnosis — One Step at a Time

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“I got the MRI results back.” My boyfriend’s text came in just as I was starting my day, and I eagerly opened the screenshot he’d sent.

The air felt light — after all, how hard could the news be? My partner was finally getting answers. “Multiple foci of T2 hyperintensity…” “Pattern signal abnormality…” “Demyelination in the setting of multiple sclerosis (MS)…” Suddenly, I felt like I could barely breathe.

The room seemed to close in around me, leaving me frozen in place. Multiple sclerosis? That can’t be right… At the moment, all I could do was support my boyfriend.  “How do you feel?” I texted. “Sad,” he replied.

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