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How will this affect me in the future?

No one can answer this question for you. There is a lot of uncertainty with MS and sometimes that’s the hardest thing to get used to.  But there are also a lot of reasons to be hopeful.  The fact is these days—with the great strides in research and treatment—the majority of people with MS can live full, active lives.  The more you know and the more committed you are to your health and treatment, the better you are likely to do in the long run.  Overall, the odds are in your favor. Long-term studies from the past have shown that as many as 30 percent of patients experience relatively benign symptoms with no permanent disability.  Approximately 30 percent of patients experience a variety of symptoms and disabilities that may or may not require special assistance, such as canes, after a long tenure with the disease, and about percent experience more severe complications and chronic disability.