NORFOLK -- 33-year-old Sue Blackburn was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after an attack caused her to lose coordination on the right side of her body.
The disease occurs when the cells of the body attack what's called Myelin, the fat that protects the body's brain fibers and nerves.
Blackburn says she never knew what MS was until she googled it in the emergency room after an MRI revealed a lesion on her brainstem.
In her case, the MS was caught early enough that doctors were able to prescribe a mix of medications to control her attacks.
The 33-year-old has gone from being someone who didn't like to workout, to participating in just about every MS awareness event.
She says she wants people to realize that even though there is no cure yet, there is hope and life after MS.
"I'm not in a wheelchair and I don't feel sick. I'm grateful that I got on medication fast after my attack, but I have a good life and I can do anything," Blackburn said.