Three years ago I wanted to do something to help others like me who live day in and day out with Multiple Sclerosis. I didn’t actually know if the things I had to share or write about would make a difference or even matter, but I knew I needed to try. If not for others, at least for my own sanity and peace of mind.
So, I started writing away even though I was unsure who would actually read what I had to say. I know that sometimes I get serious and real about what things are like for me and others with MS. Other times I can be a bit goofy. But my hope has always been to help others feel less alone and less scared about living with a chronic illness, especially those with Multiple Sclerosis.
I have been amazed at the growth of Positive Living with MS over that short time, not just among other MSers but also with caregivers and people who are dealing with other chronic illnesses and diseases. We all have something in common though…an unexpected disruption to our lives that brought along with it a whirlwind of change, chaos and pain.
We didn’t choose to have our lives flipped upside down. We didn’t choose a life of constant struggle. Yet somehow it found us and here we are living in a world that we know nothing about. We research. We dig for answers. We hope. We cry. We even get discouraged.
But you know, no matter how low our emotions get or how bad life becomes, somehow we find the strength to keep going. Somehow we get through just one more day. Somehow hope fills our hearts when the weariness grows deep. Somehow. Somehow.
I don’t know how MS really works or why some people have more challenges and difficulties in life than others, but I do know that no matter what you are facing or how hard things get, you are not alone. I am here along with thousands of others to bring encouragement, hope and peace to a broken and chaotic life.
Together we love, help, dream, and live for a better tomorrow. Together we stand arm in arm holding each other up as we swing our swords in battle. What a sightly bunch of warriors we are. Bruised, wobbly, weary, tired…but somehow less afraid of tomorrow.
If you feel sad today, know that you aren’t alone. If you feel you are losing hope, hang on a few more days because the sun will come out and the birds will begin singing once again.
You are amazingly strong, resilient and a fighter even on your weakest days…especially on your weakest days. Keep standing. Keep hoping for a cure. Keep sharing. Keep fighting.