In this episode, we sit down with Jamie Nunez, a fitness instructor, health and wellness coach, and top ranked realtor. Jamie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in April 2021, but it has not slowed her down. MS is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. She discusses her experience the disease, running Tough Mudders to bring awareness, and not losing faith.
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TM: What were your symptoms before you were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
J: I’ve had symptoms all over the place for the last 10 years. I won’t bore you with all of them, but in 2019 at a Luke Combs concert, I had a stroke, which was probably one of my biggest episodes. That led to a hemorrhage on the brain. I was misdiagnosed with having a hole in my heart and they told me I needed to have heart surgery. I would get cloudy vision, super bad headaches, constant pain in my back, and this, again has been like for 10 years, constant pain in my joints, confusion, really bad sensitivity to the heat where I would see and I still continue to see like black spots and get real nauseous, like I’m gonna throw up.
It’s always been when I’ve gone to the doctor that they’ve never said it, but you’re fit, you’re healthy, you live a healthy lifestyle, and really, I think never tested me for the proper things. I finally found a specialist at UCSD and I’ve seen a neurologist here locally in Temecula and she thought it was transverse myelitis, which goes directly with multiple sclerosis. Come to find that out, I’m like, I need to go to a multiple sclerosis specialist. So I found him and he started doing all the proper testing and he said mine is so progressed, that it was a very easy diagnosis.
TM: How was your experience doing a Tough Mudder with a large group?
J: Everybody helped each other. A lot of people from the gym I teach at came, so we had a lot of fitness instructors out there and people that come and take classes there that are fit, too, so everybody helped each other. My husband was a huge help. He’s like six-five and is in really good shape, so he was helping people a lot. But I feel like I was getting help, which I’m not used to necessarily being the one to get help a lot, I felt like just with my upper body strength, I don’t have a lot of strength in my hands right now, so to be able to have people help me up over a hurdle or grab on things or push me over the wall or over the mud was really cool.