Soldiers in battle

It’s time to kick some MS butt

My father was a great man. He grew up a farmer but was drafted into the military at a young age causing him to have to leave behind the farm life. He didn’t have much of a career choice at that point. He worked hard and transformed into a great soldier.

He took what life gave him and became the best he could be with the hand he was dealt. I am convinced that if he had the opportunity to go to school he could have become a doctor, a scientist, an artist, or even a carpenter. He was all of those things to me. His life ended early, but his legacy remains.

He taught me what it means to be strong and courageous. I saw first hand the life of a soldier: the struggles, heartaches, pain and fears. Yet through it all, he never complained that life wasn’t fair (even though it was) or looked at something as an impossibility. He lived a full life to the end and gave it all he had.

Because of my father, I am who I am today. He instilled the determination, courage and resilience of a soldier in me, only I’m in a different battle and fighting a different fight. The tactics are still the same though. I have chosen to take what life has handed me and to become the best that I can be.

You are in a battle too. Yes, there will be struggles and pain. There will be times we may be fearful of tomorrow or even of the next step we need to take, but we are soldiers, and soldiers march on. We don’t lower our weapons or lay down in defeat. We push to the end and give it all we’ve got.

Each morning when you wake up and open your eyes, before you even pull back the covers, you have to make a choice. Fight or surrender? Which will you choose? Are you going to let the fact that you have to crawl through the trenches just to get your day started cause you to wave the white flag of defeat? Are you going to let the opinions of others and their negativity keep you from advancing?

My answer is no, I will not. Join me.

We are fighters, not quitters. We are soldiers in this battle with MS. We are thousands strong standing shoulder to shoulder and linked arm in arm. Together we fight.

When one of us is wounded, we come together to hold that one up. No one is left behind. We are powerful! We are brave! We are unstoppable! We won’t back down and we will never give up.

“Impossible” is not a word in our vocabulary. We prove that to be true every day. Get rid of the complaining, walk away from negative people…they will only weight you down and hold you back. Remember, you are not alone in this fight. Now, let’s get out there and kick some MS butt. Oorah!!!

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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.

20 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    It’s all onwith the monster to get it back to where it came from. I am in a battle with it now and some times I win and sometimes it wins. I am not keeping tally but I o see a goofuture for me. I can’t see very much at the moment as I have had the cataracs remove yesterday and still recovering.

  2. Nikki Flitter Foster says:

    Penelope, thank you for always writing what I need to hear. This morning was one of those mornings when I had to make that choice and even told myself “get up and fight today”….and then I got your blog post in my inbox making the fight that much stronger today. Your blogs make me laugh, sometimes cry, and overall just feel connected to this MS army. Thank you for taking the time to write for all of us!

  3. Ethel Himel says:

    We have no choice we have to fight. We can’t just let the MS monster win at lease now there are different med we can try till one works for us. We have a chance and soon there may be a cure

  4. Doug Wineburner
    Doug Wineburner says:

    I still fight this ms and myasthenia gravis disease together I in a wheelchair but still do what I can with the hand I was dealt I fall need help up but then try go on with the rest of my day doing what I can I’ve lost mom and dad so just brother and me at home I can’t drive or do things I used to so I back to doing my puzzles I post them on facebook for all to see.i have even took 2 to hobby lobby and got glued and framed

  5. Leah
    Leah says:

    You are so right! Yesterday, we had a full day of power outage in our neighbourhood…needed to walk down 4 flights of stairs to go out and do errands…elevators in our condo were also not functioning. It was rough stepping down those stairs, but I’m proud for doing it!

  6. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    Walk, crawl, wheel, drag, either eay I’m still going! This is our lives we’re talking about. I choose to live it!

  7. Leslie Beaver says:

    Never even a thought for me about giving up. Never once. Not even for a second. And small victories do come with this attitude. Just thought of an example this morning. As I finished my second walk around the block. These half mile efforts used to exhaust me. But not anymore. Not easy of course. But I no longer breath hard ot even sweat. Gratifying.

  8. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    My sentiments exactly…OORAH!! (I swear you could be my sister…my dad was Air Force and instilled those values as well).

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