Just checking this board after years of absence so wanted to say hello and wish you all well. I was surprised my user name and password worked. I still recognize many of the names here. While in the past I read everything that was published on MS, I stopped doing that a number of years ago, although I continue to read research highlights.
For about six years (from 2000 - 2006) I injected Copaxone religiously, but ultimately decided to stop. I suspected Copaxone had benefitted me, but I also suspected that the benefit I derived from it was more or less permanent ... my body perhaps developed tolerance for myelin. I continue to take a few supplements and continue to eat a very low saturated fat diet and continue to work out in the gym every day. I've had no symptoms in over a decade; my original symptoms were in 1996 and my diagnosis in 2000. I will never be certain whether my regimen is working or Iím just lucky and of course I canít be certain symptoms will not return at some point.
The past few years have been the happiest of my life. My business has done well and in the past few years I've spent a lot of time in Europe, Asia and Australia/NZ (and I love to travel). I met the woman of my dreams, a tall, brilliant, beautiful neurologist -- originally from Europe but who had become an American citizen a couple of years before we met -- and we were married last year, first in her home country in a lovely Russian Orthodox Church and then again in the US to make it legal. (That she was a neurologist was coincidence but has led to a number of interesting discussions :).) I convinced her to stop working but she's pushing me to become involved with her at least part-time in providing free medical services in the Third World. So I hope we can pull that off ... one of my partners in Asia is opening a free clinic in Burma (as charity, it's not his business); we were there in February and loved the people.
Anyway, just wanted to send my best wishes to all here and say hi to all those I "knew" here.