You’re not alone in the fight

A mosquito woke me up this morning. Do you know how annoying it is to have something you can’t see buzzing around your ears? Bzzzzz, bzzzzz, bzzzzz. I swatted at the air a few times to distract it and make it go away, but each time I did, it just came back again. I’m sure I will find a welt or two somewhere on my arms or neck later on from its bite. Just thinking about it is making me itch.

For the record, since I was a kid mosquito’s have had this weird attraction to me. I have no idea why. I can be in a room full of people wearing tank tops and shorts and I will be the one every mosquito in town comes to have a meal with. I guess I’m just that lovable.

I told someone once that Multiple Sclerosis is a lot like a mosquito. Think about it…it’s crazy annoying; you can’t see it as it buzzes about; you make every attempt to swat it away, yet it won’t go; you don’t see it bite, but sure feel the effects later; and in a crowd full of people, you happen to be the lucky one it was attracted to. Oh, what a glorious day…NOT!

Who would have guessed we would be such lovable people? I’d rather punch MS in the face than have it bite me again, but I have yet to get it to sit still long enough to knock it out. I think I’ve wounded it a time or two though, and for that I’m thankful.

Regardless, I stand a champ. Each swing I make is strengthening me in the fight. Each jab, each punch, each kick…keeps me going. I may be worn out, bruised, bleeding and ready for the bell to sound so I can rest in the corner, but I’m still in the fight. I haven’t given up…and you can’t either.

You will fight differently than I will as you develop your own techniques and style. You may jab when I would punch, or you may try the choke hold, but never stop swinging and throwing those punches. Eat healthy foods, exercise (brain and body), stay on a regular sleep schedule as much as you can and keep moving.

I can’t promise you that Multiple Sclerosis is going away any time soon, but I can promise that you won’t be alone in the fight. We are in this together!

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

17 replies
  1. Leah
    Leah says:

    You can swat, slap, and squash a mosquito….unfortunately, not with MS which is a real ‘pest’ and truly ‘bugs’ me!

  2. stephen harris
    stephen harris says:

    maybe it’s just me, but i have never understood what people mean when they talk about fighting ms. it has always seemed to me that it is a fight i can never win, against not just one mosquito but all mosquitoes. it has always been that every time i think i have it figured out, the game changes. it seems to me better to accept it, and learn how to live with it. constant, endless fighting is just exhausting, and doesn’t get me anywhere. maybe i’m missing something, but fighting an opponent you can’t see, feel, touch or hear is an exercise in futility.

    • susan
      susan says:

      I think you make a very good point Stephen. Fight that while I’m not giving in,I’m not gonna win. Nothing will change fact can’t walk anymore. I also think I have Ms – part of me not something external. So fighting it can get a bit like fighting my eye colour? Thanks for your post

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