I didn’t get this far in life alone. I had help…and lots of it. The support of family, friends, teachers, coaches, doctors, pastors, neighbors and strangers were invaluable. At times when I was impatient, they helped calm my emotions; when I was filled with fear, they showed me I was stronger than I could have ever imagined; when I felt hopeless, they encouraged me; when sad, they made me smile. I couldn’t have made it by myself.
By standing together when things get hard, you find the needed motivation, support and that healthy push to go further than you would have done on your own. Some days just getting through the day seems impossible. It’s on those days, when you most want to give up, that you need to lean on those who understand and have your back.
I have browsed some online forums and it saddens me at the amount of division among MSers…division in how to manage symptoms, how to get through a relapse and what methods of treatment to choose. The discussions get heated and rude. All that does is cause division, and we all know that division is not good for anyone.
Don’t get caught up in judgements and arguments whether it’s about how someone chooses to live their life or how they approach Multiple Sclerosis. We need each other…differences and all. Our differences are what makes us unique and amazing. How I choose to get through things may encourage someone just as the way you handle things with help someone else. No one has all the answers. We are in this together, so can we stand united?
On the days you feel overwhelmed, find a safe place with people who will encourage and inspire you. There’s nothing like having a safe place to vent and get help. If you can’t find that in the people around you, I know you can find it online…just choose wisely and rid yourself of any place that brings you down. It’s okay to ask for help, so let your voice be known.
Being weak in body doesn’t mean you’re a weak person. It actually reveals your strength, and that is something you have a lot of. I believe in you…probably more than you believe in yourself.