Multiple Sclerosis: a criminal above criminals

When Multiple Sclerosis becomes part of a person’s life, it comes with one purpose…to steal. It ransacks the nerves in the Central Nervous System with a ravenous appetite for myelin (the coating around each nerves).

If you didn’t know already, nerves happen to be extremely important to the body. They are what give us the ability to see, hear, talk, walk, feel, breathe and even blink…basically they control everything a body does.

It seems that no matter how much MS chews and gnaws at the nerves, it is never satisfied. It acts as if it’s at an all you can eat bar downing as much food as it can while leaving behind a table piled high of dirty plates, silverware and cups.

It’s sneaky too, working in the shadows with no remorse or regrets. MS is a criminal above all criminals. I’m almost sure I saw it on the top most wanted list.

But even though it causes such terrible destruction and chaos wherever it is found, there is one thing it can’t steal from you. It can’t take away the person that you are. Never forget that. You are so much more than MS. So much more!

I know you have days when MS defines your day and determines your capabilities, but don’t ever let it define who you are. You get to do the defining in that area. And from what I can tell across the miles, wires, online posts and cell phones, you are strong, courageous and amazing…even when you think quite the opposite to be true.

Hold your head up today, take a deep breath and step out into the world knowing that you are better than MS or any other kind of illness or problem you happen to be facing. Don’t ever underestimate the value of who you are and never, ever, EVER let MS steal your identity.

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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.

19 replies
  1. JUNE
    JUNE says:

    Perhaps this monster has stolen from me, but it can’t take everything. It can’t take my love for God and my family. It can’t take away my desire to do the best I can in a given situation. Ok, I didn’t choose these cards, but I can choose the way I respond to ms. I can choose to be happy. I can choose to be loving and kind. TAKE THAT MS! YOU LOOSE IN THE END!

  2. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Goo words and meaning Penelope.
    I was just thinking last night that I have been close to death two times in my life.
    One was in 1986 when I came home slightly? drunk an went to sleep on our back lawn.Unfortunately there was a -6F (not C) frost and mum came an took me inside about 6:00am. The imager I remember was of a frost drawing of a ea person in the ground cover where I was sleeping. didn’t thaw out until 11;00 and our doctor said if I had stayed out until awn I would not have survived. So I was a little more careful after that.
    The second encounter was a bad dose of cellulitis which took my weight from 65 kg to 48 kg in 3 days. I was on codeine phosphate strong mix and knew nothing for those three days. It was extremely painful and my doctor conformed that if I had stayed like that for another day I was gone.
    So all and all I have made it this far and I intend to o much more before meeting with him again.
    I can only guess that MS was not involved in the first case but may have in the second so I’m not giving it sa second shot.
    I am still me and it will not take that away.

  3. Paul
    Paul says:

    Well said know that feeling all the way it destroys you slowly but I carry on regardless stay happy people

    • Diana
      Diana says:

      Me too… Plz explain to my husband I don’t mean it .. I seriously don’t know why I sound angry & upset .. There’s no reason ..??? MS ?.. I’m dx’d secondary progressive .. I’ve always been a happy person with a smile for everyone

    • Maria W
      Maria W says:

      But we are still ALIVE! Let’s don’t forget that. A new and different life is waiting. …That’s all.

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