Smile even when you’re hurting

It’s Christmas morning. I woke up and my first thought was of you. It wasn’t about multiple sclerosis and all the crazy things going on in my life because of it, it wasn’t about family that will be coming over later in the day, it wasn’t about the news and all that’s happening around the world right now, it wasn’t even about the fact that I really need some creamer from the store to get me through the rest of the week.

No, it was about you and hoping that today is a good day for you. Hoping that no matter what is going on, who you see of don’t see, what gifts you get of don’t get, what symptoms rear their ugly head to try and deter you from enjoying the day, that you see just how amazing you really are. Because I happen to think you are.

It’s amazing how even on our worst days we can still start our day off with a smile…by choice. And I hope I am able to be the source of your smile today. I hope that smiles far out way tears today and that you give yourself a break from all the chaos happening around you to enjoy the good moments scattered in the mix.

I know it’s not easy to smile when you’re hurting but today is a new day…and you look so much better when you smile. You can’t give up. You just can’t. Smile!

Merry Christmas to you and yours…

MS Gets on My NervesMS WarriorMS Superhero


11 replies
  1. Carolyn Torres
    Carolyn Torres says:

    Hello Penelope
    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time and they have become very uplifting for me. Just wanted to say thanks, keep doing what you are doing. You have a gift of encouraging people to keep going on. God bless you and Merry Christmas 🙂

  2. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope I hope your was good for you. We had a good Christmas and met a few relatives and friends and there was no trouble or anger from anyone so it went smoothly and pleasant. Thanks for the thoughts as it got me through.

  3. Leah
    Leah says:

    Good morning Penelope,

    Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Xmas & a Very Happy New Year. Thank you for all your uplifting and inspirational blogs that you provided me with in 2018…so grateful for your words of wisdom. Sending you many hugs & kisses your way!

    Leah xxxxoooo

  4. James Honecker
    James Honecker says:

    How can you possibly be happy when you have so much pain you don’t know where to stick your body why can’t they just give you pain medicine that helps you live the few years of life you have left comfortably what the hell’s with this government they had multiple sclerosis for one day they would change their mind and her attitude but now it’s these dopeheads and needle users that ruin it on people that need pain medicine please DEA use your head think about people with diseases a disease they don’t know anything about and there’s no cure for it you know more about cancer and you give people would cancer pain medication and they deserve it but what about people with multiple sclerosis what are they supposed to do with pain right now this time of the day it’s worse I can’t get out of bed if I touch my feet on the floor it feels like they’re in a fire right if I put them down on the floor and feel like I’m standing on a bed of nails I wish that VA guys could deal with this just one day and they would change their mind I could care less if it’s Christmas I have no family coming I have no family who cares I have no friends coming I have no friends who cares I don’t even have a van that I can go out and get in and go have breakfast and socialize because I can’t afford one I’m a disabled veteran and I get treated like s***

    • Shari
      Shari says:

      I am so sorry to hear of your pain, it is a very frustrating time for those of us who require pain management at this time in history, I agree that the street crisis has created a very dangerous time for those who need pain management. Unless one experiences pain on an everyday basis it is almost impossible to understand the courage it takes to face each day.
      I can’t imagine being so alone at this time of year and for that I am very sorry, being alone only heightens everything you are dealing with. You reached out here and I am hoping that if you only can feel that someone out there hears you, that it will help just a little. You are not completely alone, Penelope is here almost every day encouraging us to hang on, to dig down into somewhere and find hope and she has helped me an finding the courage to fight. That is all I can offer you today as well and I am afraid it could make you angry because you seem so alone and it may seem so impossible. All of us hear you and do understand where you are coming from, keep fighting for your right to proper care and compassion, put your anger to work in the most effective places, try and find a centre for Va’s and see if it is possible to connect to just one real person.
      I wish you the most peaceful day possible.

  5. Barbara Cross-Madrigal
    Barbara Cross-Madrigal says:

    Merry Christmas Penelope 😊. Thank you for always saying the right words. I was crying and when I read your blog, I stopped and smiled. It felt good. Today is a special day and I have to be thankful for another day. I wish you a very merry Christmas. You are awesome. God Bless you 😊


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