never give up

Today is not the day you give up

I understand how it feels to be drowning in medical bills, strained relationships, physical and mental exhaustion, stressful obligations and a demanding job. Add to that the fact that you’re living every second of your life with Multiple Sclerosis and you might as well just tie a two ton lead brick around your leg and call it a day.

You face the impossible every moment of every day and yet somehow as the sun goes down, you always make it. You find yourself climbing into bed feeling beat up, worn out, battered and bruised, but as you lay your head on your pillow and take a moment to look back over the day, you realize that the ninja living inside of you kicked some MS butt.

You pushed through rush hour traffic with your legs and hands cramping up while your head was spinning everything in sight. It felt more like you rode in on a roller coaster than a highway. Then you managed to make it to the bathroom…well, almost. But thankfully you had a change of clothes in your car and no one even noticed that earlier you were wearing a pair of black slacks instead of the blue ones you now have on.

As the day went on you kept making mistake after mistake. You’ve become pretty good at covering those kinds of things up. It takes great skill to stumble over words then turn them into something that makes sense. You’ve mastered the art of word replacement, finger pointing, hand gestures, and usage of the words thingamajig and doohickey.

You even managed to keep from burning down the house after forgetting about the casserole you put in the oven for dinner. Sure, it was a little charred, but you are now an expert as scraping off the burnt parts and still producing something that’s edible.

Today may be an awful day, but it’s not the day you give up even though you have every reason to do so. Instead, it’s the day you push through and remind yourself that if you can make it through the terrible, horrible day you had a few days ago…then you can surely get through today. Let your inner ninja loose.

Hiyah! (jumps in the air and kicks MS in the teeth)
KA-LAPOWABOOOM!

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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.

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

    Thanks Penelope, quite good timing. 2 days ago I had a real bad but somehow good time. My internals decided to play up and caused me to panic every time it told me something was going to happen. And it did happen when I responded.This absolutely wore me out but it did clear up a problem but at the time I couldn’t see that. I am still a bit fatigued but making good progress, I think.

  2. Andrea Carter Wilson says:

    Love this! I feel like some weeks I have more bad than good days, and get frustrated with myself, but then I remember that tomorrow is a new day….and I keep the hope that I will wake up to feeling good and having energy!

  3. Denise Thepoet says:

    Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill

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