You can’t give up

Life is not always full of rainbows and sunshine. It’s not all puppy dogs and lollipops. I have found over the years that it can be cruel and downright painful. It can be filled with heartaches and headaches. It has this crazy ability to knock you off your feet and leave you in a puddle on the floor. You then have the task of picking up all the pieces and making sense of everything.

Most of the time as you begin putting your life back together, you discover that you can’t seem to find all the pieces. Some of them get lost, some are found broken and some can’t be repaired. You sit there in a heap holding onto the fragments of days gone by wondering, “Is this really my life now?”

There have been times in my life when I felt the overwhelming weight of tragedy pulling me down. I have experienced the huge blows life has thrown my way as it snuck up and hit me with a left jab followed by an uppercut. It seems that no matter how tough someone is, life keeps coming, punching and jabbing. It doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, what nationality you are, where you came from or who you know.

I have been knocked around enough to know that you can’t give multiple sclerosis the satisfaction of bringing you down. You have to get up and never give up. You may be in tears as you rise, you may be in pain, you may feel hopeless and worthless, you may be shaking in your boots, but don’t let multiple sclerosis dictate who you are or where you’re going. Don’t let the pain of today hold you back from tomorrow.

You are a winner and winners take life, along with all the “stuff” thrown their way, and refuse to quit. Winners get up, brush off the dirt, hold their head high and keep on living.

You are that kind of winner. You can’t give up on living today. I know that sometimes life can be extremely hard to deal with. I understand the depth of pain you are facing with MS. I know about the tears that no one else sees. You are not alone.

Don’t focus so much on MS and the problems it brings with it. There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored and experienced. Yes, MS will be there with you, but don’t let it lead you. You be the leader…let it follow. Sort of like the childhood game of Follow The Leader, you lead.

This world is better because you are here. Your life truly makes a difference. You are valued, important and very much needed. Don’t give up!

15 replies
  1. Gareth Wogan
    Gareth Wogan says:

    Reading this has helped me so much. I’m ruminating about MS recently. Sometimes I feel awful but I’m going to keep going. Thank you so much.

  2. Jan
    Jan says:

    The hardest thing about living with MS is that there is no cure. Everything we’re going through is a journey for the next generation who, I pray, WILL be cured and not suffer. Jan

  3. Carla L Broadbent Rogers
    Carla L Broadbent Rogers says:

    Thank you Coach Conway. As always you give a HUGE screen Hug to the Team. All good things to you now and always.

  4. Leah
    Leah says:

    Woke up this morning in tears feeling scared, depressed, and anxious. I see the devastation of what MS has done and is still doing to my body and this realization has totally freaked me out! Your words of “Is this really my life now?” really struck me hard. I am trying so hard to stay strong and continue this battle which is an everyday struggle. Penelope, if it wasn’t for your uplifting words of encouragement, I don’t know how strong I’d be. Just knowing that you are living with the same disease makes me feel that I’m not alone. Thank you for being the “wonderful” person you are and for sharing your thoughts, experiences, and will power with us all.

  5. Carole K
    Carole K says:

    Hey Penelope,

    Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. ~ Bruce Lee

    Stay Strong,

    Carole 😀

  6. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Let me just repeat those last 4 sentences, adressed to YOU, dearest Penelope, for you’re the one who certainly makes a huge difference to so many of us!😍


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