Dear Multiple Sclerosis Warrior

Dear Multiple Sclerosis Warrior,

I know you have been through a lot of pain and frustration over the years. Much of it because of MS but some simply because of life itself piling crap on top of everything you are having to deal with. Each day seems to have its own set of obstacles and struggles different from the day before, yet you keep pushing forward refusing to give up.

On days when you are exhausted, in pain and wanting everyone and everything to just go away and leave you alone, your determination and perseverance keeps pushing you through the struggle. Your tears are noticed by few because even in the hardest of times you somehow find something to smile about, something to hope for, something to be thankful for.

Although it isn’t easy, you have learned to enjoy the little things, to appreciate those who have stuck around (your real friends), and to not take life itself for granted. Sometimes your thoughts wander to the dark side and sometimes all you know to do is cry, but never forget that even warriors cry. Even the bravest of the brave have moments of fear, weakness, and doubts.

Regina Brett says it so eloquently: “It takes a strong person to cry. It takes a stronger person to let others see those tears. We need to be tough enough to be tender, no matter who is watching.”

You are rising above all the trouble MS has caused. I see the strength you carry and admire your courage. I know you don’t hear it often enough, but you are a treasured gift to the world. You are important and you matter.

From one mighty warrior to another…keep pushing through and never give up on YOU. Don’t be afraid of tomorrow. Keep taking life one day at a time and be sure to pause long enough to take care of YOU, because you are that important.

It’s going to be okay. You are going to be okay. Life is going to be okay. You are not alone.


P.S. Remember, it’s okay to say “no.” Don’t ever be ashamed of needing help from others or for choosing to take a break.

MS Gets on My NervesMS WarriorMS Superhero


8 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope , fellow warrior. We all need this type of encouragement to get through the problems we have.

  2. Mick Tuohy
    Mick Tuohy says:

    This is all very true. We dont hear it enough. You are quite a wordsmith 👏👏👏.I’m still mobile and quite strong a lot of my issues are related to cog fog and sensory problems, because I’ve been diagnosed since ’04 and havnt changed much (on the outside) people just expect me to be ok. I am for the most part but they dont seem to notice when I have a really bad day and are shocked if they see me using my stick. The ask things like “Oh is your MS getting that bad”. My reply is always “No worse than yesterday, but yesterday I could handle things better”.

  3. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    Every MS Warrior needs to know that; although there are millions of us; since none of us have exactly shared symptoms–THE LOVE IS TRUE AND FOR US ALL.


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