You got this

Sometimes I forget to duck and life throws me a punch, or two, or three. I have been growing weaker (more than usual) over the last few months and my symptoms have increased to the point where I’m struggling to do some of the simplest of things like opening a container of yogurt or holding the nail clippers. Some days I don’t even have the strength to fight.

Those times can be scary. All sorts of thoughts start rushing through your mind. They have a tendency to push hope right out the window. But you know, even though we face so much uncertainty in a given day, it’s important to hold on. To muster up the courage to push through the mess. Sometimes that means taking things one day at a time. Other time it’s more like one hour, one minute and even one second at a time.

Don’t ever let the fears of what might happen, or the pains of what is happening, keep you from experiencing the good in today. Live in the moment, not in the what ifs and maybes of tomorrow or the sighs and regrets of the past.

I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s important to try.

The great Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

There will be some really, really tough times ahead. That’s a guarantee. But there will also be some equally amazing triumphs. Find the happy moments in today. They exist even if you happen to be in the hospital surrounded by beeping machines and nurse’s chatter, are stuck in rush hour traffic on your way to work, or laid up on the couch at home too exhausted to even get a glass of water.

You got this!

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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.

42 replies
  1. Hazel Johnson says:

    Hi Jane, sorry to hear this…. Remember our lovely conversation about mindfulness when we met in Tuscany? No muscles needed – the only ‘action’ required is ‘letting go’ ! Much love xxxx

  2. Jane Havenhand says:

    I used to love sitting in the sun (before M.S.) now I feel I am walking through thick mud and the heat saps my energy. Has anyone got ideas on how to get through this and feel you have achieved something in the day!!! Thankyou

  3. Michele Tolson Lechowicz says:

    MS is such a roller coaster ride. Thanks for staying positive even when facing the challenges of MS. You keep us all smiling and we are all behind you with hugs and support. Tomorrow will be better. HUGS to you!

  4. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    I have a similar problem like my balance fails when i try to o some thinking when I o work at our bench like potato peeling. But I have ha this for a long time and work out how to make it easier.
    As I have written we have a new normality. This is what I am setting for my self. For instance it used to take me at most 5 minutes to get dressed now it takes 10 minutes if I am lucky. So now my normal speed is my setting and I don;t use my earlier time. This is what I am doing with all the things I can do.
    I’m not using previous systems but setting my now ways I try not think of what I could do but what I can. I can’t ride a bike or drive now but I can chop wood. I can cook breakfast. etc.
    The things I can do now are my focus not what I used to.This is my normality now.

  5. Harconan Ryan says:

    I just want to say thank you I’ve had a really tough go here latetly even wanted to give up but I see inspiration from the things you post even the funnies thank you again

  6. Carolyn Oxenham says:

    You mentioned you are loosing strength to do simple tasks. In Australia many are starting “Strength for Life” classes. They help rebuild and build up the basic muscle groups for everyday living. Wonder if other countries do this too? I do stairs at my work during lunch (my best “energy” time. I truly believe these have helped me immensely with bringing my feet up when I walk.

  7. Val Hanna says:

    Thanks for that have a virul thing at minute so MS sucker puched me as well lol. But you are truly inspiring as you post the reality of this life we have the ups, downs, ins outs and roundabouts and you still spread your light thanks and God bless from here near Belfast in Northern Ireland take care and ((((((( hugs ))))))) with ☺

    • Sharon
      Sharon says:

      One of the first things my neurologist told me is that he knows summer is here because all his MS. patients are calling. What I find weird is that I can stay inside my airconditioned house and still feel rotten!

  8. Janie Dodd says:

    Sorry to hear and hope things turn around with you. Heat has hampered me. Put your strength into loving others. The only muscle used is your heart.

  9. Monica Schamberger says:

    Blessings and Prayers to you Penelope. You motivate us all in ways sometimes beyond words. Not only do we have problems with our legs and walking, but we don’t always have full use of our hands, we have mis-coordination with them. So frustrating… It’s the small things at first, but it leads to more and more. But I know you are strong and won’t let this keep you down. You got this. keep fighting.

  10. Aileen Brown says:

    I got a plaque which says every day may not be good but there is good in every day I try to remember that love and hugs across the pond and pray tomorrow is a better day for you xxxx

  11. June dominguez
    June dominguez says:

    Good video, good message. Hate when I have those dark times…the biggest battle is mental. Need to think about what I’m thinking about. The hard times make the better times so much sweeter. If it wasn’t for the hard times, I couldn’t, wouldn’t appreciate the good times. It also helps me to start listing the things I can be thankful for, even if it’s I can breathe I can take air into my lungs. I not only have clean running water when I want, but I have the choice of cold or warm clean running water…..lord, help me to be positive today, thankful today, and to think of someone else. Help me to get up one more time.

  12. Leah
    Leah says:

    So sad to hear you’re not feeling well. I too have felt like crap these past few months. I’m chalking this up to the hot summer we’re experiencing in Montreal. Your attitude is far better than mine is lately. I haven’t given up, instead find myself fed up and frustrated more than ever.
    At times, I wish I had your will power. You truly are a ‘breath of fresh air’! Thank you.:)

  13. Leslie Beaver says:

    And it makes you annoyed. With yourself! Because your brain says “this is easy. You’ve done it a thousand times before”. But your body says “no. Not like this you haven’t”. Frustrating and humbling.

  14. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Lovely video, so encouraging. I also get my bad days and last week I was so depressed but we have to remain positive. Thank you for your moving posts.

  15. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Sad to hear you’re having such a hard time… but wonderful to see your determination to keep on fighting, and still find something good in all this mess.
    BIG hugs, and best wishes!!!

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