Multiple Sclerosis affects everyone differently, but even in our differences we have similarities. It’s interesting to sit in a room full of people living with MS and hear their stories. Some make you cry, some make you laugh, but they all make you thankful because you know you are surrounded by people who understand.
As you go through the days ahead, it’s important to find humor in the struggle. Laughter is powerful and infectious. I never thought of it like this before, but infections are contagious and I think laughter is one thing worth catching. I hope this give you a laugh today…or at least a smile.
You know you’ve had Multiple Sclerosis too long if…
- You know what CRAB meds are and have experienced firsthand how they can make you crabby
- You have a collection of canes in your house, in your car and at work, yet try not to use them as much as possible
- You’ve been mistaken as one of “Jerry’s Kids” more than once
- Side airbags on barstools and chairs sounds like a great idea
- You know the taste of Solumedrol and have felt empowered during infusions to help people pack, push their car to a gas station or shake the leaves off their trees
- The phrase “stop, drop and roll” has a new meaning to you
- You climb Mount Everest every week just by vacuuming the floor, shopping and cooking dinner
- You put your cell phone in the refrigerator, the orange juice in the dishwasher and your house keys in the garbage…and are always surprised when you find them
- You have a disabled parking hang tag yet refuse to use it most of the time
- Roller coasters are no longer your friend
- Random people approach you with a cure because they’ve heard it worked for a friend’s relative’s neighbor or for some random person online
- “I’m fine” is a standard reply to someone asking how you’re doing
- You know what an MS Hug is
- You have developed new ways to open packages, clip your fingernails and style your hair, and could probably patent your ideas
- You are an expert at falling up the stairs
- You are never the designated driver when out with friends because you might get pulled over for drunk driving and have a hard time explaining that you’re sober
- “Nap” is no longer a bad word
- You have post-it notes, calendars, lists, alerts and alarms to keep you organized and still forget things
- You have created new words that should be added to the dictionary under a section called “MS Jive Talk”
- You’ve discovered that the people who you thought were your friends really weren’t, and those you didn’t realize were friends really were.
- You know what it feels like to be electrocuted even though you’ve never put your finger in a light socket before
- Your pain tolerance has increased but tolerance for stupid people hasn’t
- You smile just to keep from crying
And just when you think you can’t go on…watch this and keep on laughing! It’s contagious, you know?!