Wow, it’s hard to believe another year is almost over. It felt like the time went by way too fast, but still feels weird that it’s already gone. In looking back over my year I feel accomplished. It’s not like I did some mammoth feat or invented something extraordinary, I simply survived another year with multiple sclerosis and lived to tell about it. That’s momentous enough for me.
I admit that I shed my fair share of tears and had a few pity parties along the way. I shuddered to think of my progression yet prepared for the possibilities in advance as much as possible. Things like ensuring my bathroom would work with a wheelchair and that I could manage in the kitchen with most of the things I need placed in the lower cabinets.
I ensured my floor was clear of obstacles, especially those pesky throw rugs that trip me up so easily, and put myself on a scheduled bed time whether I fell asleep right away or not. I bought a medicine dispenser to help me remember to take my meds and a shampoos dispenser to help clear the clutter in the shower. I even got a toothpaste dispenser to ease my usual fumbling with the tube of toothpaste.
None of it was rocket science, but everything I did ended up easing my load and making my day a little less stressful. But that’s all a part of coping.
It’s okay if you need more time to make yourself look presentable each morning or require a walking aid to navigate the hallways of life. It’s okay if you need help reaching things on the top shelf at the grocery store. It’s okay if you move slower or your weakness limits the things you can do.
Be proud of the person that you are because to me, you are amazing. Regardless of what you can or can’t do, you get up each day and you make it. That’s amazing. Things may look a lot different today than they did last year at this time, but you are still moving forward. That’s amazing. Sure, you may get mad, shed a few tears and even throw a few punches now and again, but you haven’t given up. That’s amazing.
You are, undoubtedly, a truly amazing person filled with greatness and possibilities. Never let multiple sclerosis stop you from being you. Welcome in the new year with a smile and never forget just how amazing you are.