This week has been a hectic and crazy week for me. I have experienced every emotion imaginable from happiness to tears, from resentment to discouragement, from laughter to fear. It’s amazing the kinds of emotions that surface during the different stages of an MS progression.
Diagnosis emotions for me were different than the ones that showed up when my legs quit working, which are different than the ones I’m experiencing today. But one thing that has helped me through each rough patch in my life is YOU. Knowing that there are others facing the same monster as me makes everything less scary and much easier to handle.
Each week when the nurse comes to my house to check on me, I am determined to keep going knowing that you are also facing challenges of your own. And although your challenges are different than mine and may seem insurmountable for you, you are doing it too…which means that together WE are doing it. We are pushing through the pain and the difficulties in our day as we search for that little bit of sunshine in the middle of the darkness.
You do know the sun is shining up there behind those dark clouds, don’t you? It never actually disappears. It just slips out of focus from time to time making our days rather interesting, to say the least. But hidden behind the darkest of storms and the dreariest of days is a brilliant beaming sunshine. You may not see it, but it’s up there.
Sometimes if you look really hard, you can see a bit of it peaking out. Those little glimpses of sunlight are what I call hope. They are reminders to me that the storm I’m in won’t last forever…and neither will yours.
No tsunami, tornado, hurricane, or thunderstorm in this world’s existence has ever continued going forever. Every storm has an end. EVERY ONE! Some may last longer than others, but you are going to come through the storm you are facing. And you will be carrying greater compassion, understanding, wisdom and strength because of it.
Don’t let the darkness keep you from searching for those glimpses of hope…hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better today, hope for a better moment. No matter what is happening right now, always remember that this to shall pass…and that you are going to make it.