I’m not going to lie and tell you life is wonderful at the moment or pretend to have all the answers. The truth is, life is hard and for those of us living with a chronic illness it seems harder than it does for others because our struggle is never ending and always changing.
Each morning I wake up exhausted but thankful that a new day is here filled with its countless possibilities. Throughout the day I face challenges that at times can become overwhelming, painful, and sometimes more difficult than I had ever imagined. Then when I go to bed at night, I pause to reflect on my day and without fail realize that I made it through another day with multiple sclerosis, maybe bruised and a bit wounded, but I still made it through and a new day is coming.
But what will that new day hold? Will it be a good day? Will it be terrible? Will I cry? Will I laugh? I just don’t know. All I know is a new day is coming.
I know life can be hard, but through the struggle I want you to remember this one thing…
When things get bad, no matter how hard they become, know that even on your darkest, cloudiest day, the sun is still shining from behind the clouds. It hasn’t fallen out of the sky. It hasn’t run away for been turned off. It’s still there and although the storm clouds can become daunting and terrifying as they hide the sun from view, they will eventually shift and you find those beautiful rays of light peeking out once again.
Don’t let your struggle steal your happiness. Stay strong and find new ways to persevere. Remember those moments when you pushed through the pain and managed to wade through the darkness? Those are your strongest days. You would have never experienced such strength if you hadn’t been pushed so hard to find a way to survive.
And that’s what you are…a survivor!
You are not alone in this journey with MS. Brighter days will come. I can guarantee you that.
Oh, look…I think I just saw a little bit of sunlight peeking through the clouds. It’s a new day filled with new possibilities. You are going to make it!