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!