Once upon a time there was a girl living with Multiple Sclerosis…

The standard beginning and ending of any story is ONCE UPON A TIME and THE END. Ask a kid to tell a story and I can guarantee you that most will use those very words. I’m not sure who coined those phases, but they’ve been a standard for a very, very long time.

Each day you get the wonderful opportunity to turn the page in the story of your life and fill it with experiences, adventures and many ONCE UPON A TIME moments. Today may begin something like this:

Once upon a time there was a girl / guy who woke up filled with amazing strength to accomplish great thing…

Or maybe it goes something like this:

Once upon a time there was a girl / guy who loved their bed with a passion and decided that today was the day to ensure their bed didn’t spend it alone…

Each day starts differently. Some begin with hope and confidence while others start with tears and despair. Yet no matter how your day begins, it’s important to understand that it won’t end with a THE END scrolling across the screen or stamped on the last page. Today will come to a close and the last words written will be TO BE CONTINUED.

Yesterday was a TO BE CONTINUED day as was the day before that and the day before that. That makes today a new day with a new page ready to be written. You get a chance to fill the pages of your day with one adventure at a time.

Some of those adventures will be like Indiana Jones suspenseful moments filled with trap doors and moving walls, while other times may be more like a Strawberry Shortcake episode filled with rainbows and giggles.

Today may be a day you dread because it’s filled with appointments, meds, tests and more tests (we seem to have more of those in a year than most people have in a lifetime), but no matter what fills the pages of your day, you have a future to be written and a day to get through. Your story isn’t over.

You may currently be in the part of your story that you don’t want to be, but as the page turns and a new day begins you get the wonderful opportunity of starting over. Things are going to work out no matter how impossible they may seem. Somehow they always do.

Our days don’t consistently unfold the way we want or expect, but somehow the tears get wiped away and things don’t turn out quite as bad as we thought. Turn the page and keep writing. If you have to put your pen down to take a break, that’s okay. Just keep writing. You have an amazing story to tell…yes, YOU!

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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.

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

    Well I woke up in a place called Tekapo on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This is about 300 km from Christchurch. We hope to be back tomorrow (Friday 12th) We (Janice and me) have been on our first holiday ever together and it’s been great. Every day has had it’s challenges and so far we have meet them and beaten them. I will be posting some photos on Facebook for all of you to see and enjoy. We have been to places I never dreamed I would go and seen parts of the country I have never been.
    This has been a better adventure than anything MS can put on me.

  2. Sylvie
    Sylvie says:

    Thank you Penelope ! I really enjoy reading what you write ! 😃
    You give strenght and courage through your words filled with wisdom.

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