- I've dealt with MS 25 years, but have tried to make lemonade out of lemons. Luckily, I married a wonderful man, who also happens to have a chronic disease, Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. I feel that because of what we go through we appreciate life all the more. Luckily he appreciates animals and cats the same way I do. We chose to not have kids, but to take care of stray cats and adopt them as family members. Our current family of 6, are all former strays from NC. I feel very lucky for their company and various antics.