The world is full of selfish people. Society has become so consumed in their own day-to-day search of notoriety and importance that they have ignored the countless hurting people all around them.
People with disabilities go unnoticed and many times pushed aside as bothersome. Ears have been closed to their cries and eyes have been shut to their pain. Many are too busy trying to get their 15 minutes of fame from social media to be able to take a break and truly care.
I have always told people, “If you want to find out who your real friends are, get diagnosed with a chronic illness and see who sticks around.” It’s sad to say, but oh so true. Living with a chronic illness brings with it this uncanny ability to weed people out of our lives. It’s sad and shouldn’t be, but it happens to all of us.
Invitations to parties dwindle, offers to help dry up and loneliness settles in. We find ourselves struggling to find purpose in the midst of a life of pain. It’s not easy waking up each day to a fight. Tears come way too often and hopelessness tries its best to take us down.
We need to use our experience to help comfort others and offer support to those going through that same thing. Don’t walk around with a cocky attitude telling others to just get over it and suck it up while spouting out that while you have MS, MS doesn’t have you. Instead, extend a hand to wipe away the tears of those whose hearts are breaking and whose lives are falling apart.
Will you do something to reach out to someone who feels all alone? It could be because of a new MS diagnosis or simply a storm that is overwhelming them at the moment. Will you be different than society and walk in when everyone else walks out?
People are hurting everywhere and we can do our part to help even if it’s through something as simple as a kind word, a smile or an email saying that you care.
Share the hope you have with others. It really does matter. And besides, you may need someone to do the same for you tomorrow.