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My socks don’t always match

My walking only happens now each morning in therapy when I have a gait belt secured around my waist and rails to hold on to. My shoe choices have become limited due to the fact that I wear AFO braces to help me walk (one on each leg).  Because of that, I get creative with the socks I wear.

I have brightly colored ones; striped, polka dotted, and weird patterned ones; and I even have those crazy toe sock ones. Of course, since I don’t feel my toes very well, the toe part of the toe socks don’t always stay in place, but regardless, I love them.

My collection grows every time I visit the store. I guess you could say I am a sock hoarder…well, not really, but you have to admit that does sound kind of cool. I don’t think I’ve ever met a sock hoarder before so I’m not sure what one would look like, but if the trend could be started, I’m starting it.

The good thing about having so many socks is that I can mix and match them when the pairs get separated from one another. I’m still not sure where they disappear to, but they have this strange ability to run away. I think they are running away from multiple sclerosis. I would if I could run.

But no matter how much I would love to leave MS behind in the dust or how much I wish it wasn’t there…the reality is that MS is a part of my life. It stinks…I know. It’s kind of like that ugly mismatched pair of socks that somehow ended up left behind all year in your gym locker covered in sweat and never making it home to the washing machine. MS stinks like that…bad!!!! Some days more than others, too.

When you are having a bad day because MS is raising a stink, know that it’s okay to cry. I cry often and I’m not ashamed to say it. Yes, this positive focused MSer cries. But being strong has nothing to do with whether someone sheds a tear or not, so don’t believe for a moment that you are weak when you cry. You are not only strong…you are MS strong. That’s a kind of strength that defies logic.

You are strong, you are brave, and you are going to make it. If you haven’t figured it out yet, you wear odd, crazy and weird well. Be proud of the person that you are. I know I’m proud of you. Take time to cry today if you need to, then pull up your socks, go out and conquer the day. You can do 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.

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

    Well done Penelope, it’s great to know that you can ‘walk’ with help. I get annoyed when my right leg goes on a break and I lose all control of it. This lately has been when I need to use the toilet and it makes it hard then. But I eat it today by a bit of control power.
    It does feel good to have a win.
    I got my eye surgery checked out today and by using the reading glasses I have does a neat job, I can even read this easily with clarity. It’s great!

  2. Stacy Neuman says:

    I needed that today… thanks! I had a partial hip replacement surgery yesterday. It really hurts and i really need motivation today… I didn’t expect it hurt that much to just stand up again.ok that had nothing to with socks but…that’s my story today.

  3. Jan Hoback Jasper says:

    I was a retail buyer for hosiery and socks in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Of course I had socks that matched EVERYTHING in my closet! I love the sock company that now makes sets of socks that purposely do NOT match, but do coordinate. Often times, color is the 1 thing that is common, but patterns may vary from floral, striped, argyle, polka dots. I never believed that I needed to match like most “normal” people. What fun is that? 🙂 <3

  4. Sydney Holmwood says:

    I love socks! They make me feel better. They make me happy. The wilder the better! My family thinks I am nuts! I am! But I am lucky! I still walk. I look like a drunk but I still walk in my sexy socks!

  5. Michelle Johnson Peatross says:

    I just might be the sock hoarder your looking for!!!! My kids think I’m crazy! I have socks for every holiday and everyday just crazy socks. (I think my “pigs n pancakes might be my favorite, it’s cute little pigs enjoying pancakes!)

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