attitudeI am often told that I have an amazing attitude when dealing with my life with Multiple Sclerosis.

I explain this quite simply.  I have two choices.

1.  I can either sit in the corner and remove myself from society, get depressed, wither away and be miserable.  Which to me, sounds like that would take a lot of effort.

2.  I can focus on the good things in my life and rise above my MS and fully engage in life.  That seems like the more fulfilling route to take.  I opted for choice number 2.

There is a saying by Anais Nin – “Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008 everything I had taken for granted was suddenly threatened.  I did not know how MS was going to affect me but I knew I needed to be very proactive towards my health.  I had to adapt to the changes that were coming my way and strive to live in unison with the challenges.  “Where there is a will there is a way.”

Along my journey living with a disabling disease such as MS I have learned some valuable lessons.

–  I’ve learned that life is full of many twists and turns and things happen that are truly out of your control.

–  I’ve learned that things happen to good people and to bad people.  There is no rhyme or reason.  Asking the question “why me” has no answer other than “why not”.

–  I’ve learned to accept the fact that I need help and to ask for it without embarrassment.

–  I now have a different perspective on other peoples struggles and I have much more empathy and respect for others who are down on their luck, dealing with illness etc.

–  I will never give up on myself.  I accept my limitations and hope to continue enjoying life in a different way then when I was agile and able bodied.

It’s not what is happening to me that defines me.  It is how I deal with my challenges that is the true measure….in my opinion.



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