Opinions run rampant online. There are opinions about the best hot sauce, the worst kind of paint, the biggest pickle, the oldest tree, the most popular actor, and the greatest song of all time. Those opinions are interesting to hear, but without fail the discussions will turn into heated arguments and name calling. I never knew someone could be so passionate about a pickle before, but they exist.
I don’t know why people can’t accept the fact that not everyone will agree with something they think. Growing up I was taught to respect the opinions of others even if I disagreed with them. Slander, sarcasm and rudeness wasn’t involved. We simply agreed to disagree and continued to enjoy one another’s company.
Today, I don’t see that kind of behavior much anymore. It seems that most people’s opinions are expressed as fact and if you don’t agree with what they have to say, you are defriended, bad mouthed and talked about.
That happens a lot when it comes to a persons choice in how they approach their Multiple Sclerosis treatment. The world is filled with opinions on what to do. But keep in mind, they are opinions. Some are based on personal experience, others are due to information read online, which we all know is 100% fact…right?! (grin)
There is no cure YET for Multiple Sclerosis, only symptom management. Just because one person eased their symptoms by standing on their head while eating a dandelion and humming “She’ll be coming ’round the mountain” doesn’t mean everyone will. But hey, if you want to try it, by all means do so. Just don’t talk down to those of us who don’t. Besides, if I could stand on my head doing anything I’d be grateful. The only time that happens is when I fall out of my chair trying to tie my shoe.
To the people that don’t have MS who are reading this…don’t try to fix us. Accept us for who we are, MS and all, and love us anyway. Be our friend, not our enemy. There’s a lot more to us than an MS diagnosis. We are lawyers, teachers, mothers, fathers, bosses, neighbors, companions and classmates. We are people just like you. Sure we have a chronic illness tagging along with us everywhere we go, but it doesn’t define who we are. Look past our MS and see us instead.
To the people who have MS…respect other MS’ers choices. We are all in this together and need to be standing beside one another in the fight, not throwing punches. Let’s lock arm in arm and create a strong wall of strength that not only helps us to stand but keeps one another from falling.