Hi and welcome! I'm fairly new here too and can relate to much of what you said. I'm not much younger than you and I too have MS, suffer with chronic back pain, joint pain etc. I'm always out of breath and can barely get around. I also have many of the same fears as you.
I recently had my consult with my surgeon a few weeks ago and just attended the required nutrition class the other day which was very informative!! I have my psych eval next week and everything is starting to become real. I am still kind of in shock that I am starting this journey, but know it's what I need to do! I too was concerned with the fact of altering my anatomy, but I'm even more scared of dying young which is exactly where I'm heading if I don't do something. So far everything has been going smoothly for me, but I did get my lab results back and apparently I have a vitamin d deficiency which they want to get to normal range before my surgery. So just a little set back, but they instantly called in a high dose prescription vitamin d supplement for me. So fingers crossed that it won't be long until I'm able to get a surgery date.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know we are pretty much in the same stage of this journey and if you ever need someone to talk to feel free to message me. This is truly an awesome place with some wonderful people who are always willing to help. They have helped me tremendously so far. By the way, what medication are you on for your MS if you don't mind me asking? I'm currently taking Tecfidera. If you'd rather not answer, you don't have to.
Congrats on making the decision to change your life!!
Hey there! Thanks for the reply. Would love to get to know you better. Sounds like we have a lot in common. My first visit with the surgeon is Wednesday. I'm getting a bit nervous.
I was diagnosed with MS in June 2017. I received Lemtrada which is an infusion given 5 days in a row, then a year later 3 days in a row and that's it. I did that Sept 2017 and Sept 2018.
Sounds like everything is moving along for you. Keep us posted! And let me know more about you.