Change…it happens

When you come to a place in life and nothing happening around you is “normal”…well, at least no longer your normal, take heart. Days change, times change, seasons change, life changes and we have to learn to shift with those changes. Some changes will come along and they will excite us. Things like a new baby in the family, a graduation, a promotion, a surprise gift. Those things are welcomed and make us smile. They bring joy to our heart and cause our insides to dance.

The changes we seem to cringe about are the ones that upset our comfort. Things like losing the ability to do something, ending a career, shedding friendships, unwelcome shifts to our routine. When changes happen that we don’t like, there are two choices in front of us. We can become angry, allowing the changes to drown us and swallow any bit of life we have left inside of us or we can rise above the challenges thrown our way and use them to become a better person.

I know you don’t want to become someone filled with bitterness and anger at what is happening in your life, but I also know that it’s not easy to rise above the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis and find something of meaning in the mess. If it was easy everyone would be doing it, right?!

In case no one has ever told you, I want you to know…you are strong and even though you have moments when you are ready to throw in the towel, I know you are not a quitter. How do I know that? Well, because you are reading this, you are pushing through, you are making it regardless of what’s happening. Even when you have days that you crumble to the floor in tears, you always get back up.

It’s not easy. Boy, do I know that. But you do it. You get up. You push through. Don’t ever let a set back, change, or shift in life stop you from living. Keep moving. Keep going. MS may end your ability to do something or change the way you function, but it can never keep you from living. Never forget that.

Today you are awake, breathing, your heart is beating, you’re alive. If that’s the only thing you can be thankful for…that’s enough. Take this day one moment at a time, one step at a time, one second at a time. The hard times won’t last but the strength they build in you will.

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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:

    Thanks Penelope this is goo news. Rush has said ‘The more you change the more you stay the same’ and I can fell that now. I am the same person I ever was and will be. MS is just something in my way and I’ll not give in at all. I have been through a lot in my life and I’m still alive so I not going to let this monster from taking that away.
    I am living better now that I can work my life out. It has given me hope that all things will work out better in the end.
    I view the use of trolley and wheelchair a help not a hindrance to me. As I said to a mother at mainly music the wheelchair is to stop me falling over, not to make me lazy. She understood that which made me feel better.

  2. Harconan Ryan says:

    My wife holds me up when I’m down makes me laugh when I’m sad. Today the occasional therapist said I had cognitive problems so now I have an excuse when I forget things lol.

  3. Jessie Jakubowski Hartwell says:

    Thank you for that, I didn’t realize how badly I needed to hear it! My life is falling apart around me and I have just been so scared a nasty exacerbation is coming and I just don’t know how I can handle that right now, but those words give me hope and strength. Thank you.

  4. Judy
    Judy says:

    When I was going through a lot of pain, my partner wisely said “Just be what what is.”
    I can try to fight it, etc, but just being with what is helped me relax and the pain lessened.. I hope this helps.

  5. D
    D says:

    I have had MS since 1980 that’s 36 years
    The GOOD NEWS is I’m still talking, walking and eating.
    Everything May be done differently now but they get done.
    I have more energy in the morning so that’s when I participate in life. only one thing a day. To manage fatigue.

    I may use a cane occasionally and slur my words, as well as sleep a lot. But I Do what I can when can.

  6. Jane
    Jane says:

    Today is the 2nd anniversary of being diagnosed with MS. Usually anniversaries are joyous occasions but not this one! My memory is shot, my leg strength is leaving me. Praise God that at work I’m only a few steps from a bathroom! But I’m still plugging away… What choice do we have with this? Just keep plugging…

  7. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    It is sad to read how many people totally get everything you say about MS. Your daily reminders to stay positive are uplifting but it is disheartening that so many of us are struggling every day.I used to have random days when I woke up feeling so good I even imagined I could work again but random they were and now seem to be past memories.Aging with MS is not kind! Your reminders to get through the day are treasured and meaningful. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

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