Once upon a time there was a girl diagnosed with multiple sclerosis…

The standard beginning and ending to a story is ONCE UPON A TIME and THE END. Ask a kid to tell you a story and I can guarantee you that most will use those very words. I’m not sure who coined those phases, but they’ve been a standard for a very, very long time.

Each day you get the opportunity of turning the page to the story of your life and filling it with experiences, adventures and many ONCE UPON A TIME moments. Today may begin something like this:

Once upon a time there was a girl / guy who woke up filled with amazing strength ready to accomplish great thing…

Or maybe it goes something like this:

Once upon a time there was a girl / guy who loved their bed with a passion and decided that today was the day to ensure their bed didn’t spend it alone…

Each day starts differently. Some days begin with hope and confidence while others start with tears and despair, yet no matter how your day begins, it’s important to remember that for most people it won’t end with a THE END scrolling across the screen or stamped on the last page. Today will come to a close and the last words written will be TO BE CONTINUED.

Yesterday was a TO BE CONTINUED day as was the day before that and the day before that. That makes today a new day with a new page ready to be written. You get a chance to fill the pages of your day with one personal episode at a time.

Some of my days are like a scene from an Indiana Jones suspenseful adventure filled with trap doors and moving walls, while other times they are more like an I Love Lucy episode filled with giggles and crazy predicaments.

Today may be a day you dread because it’s filled with appointments, meds, tests and more tests (we seem to have more of those in a year than most people have in a lifetime), but no matter what fills the pages of your day, you have a future to be written and a day to get through. Your story isn’t over.

You may currently be in the part of your story that you don’t want to be a part of, but as the page turns and a new day begins you get the wonderful opportunity of starting over. Things are going to work out no matter how impossible they may seem. Somehow they always do.

Our days don’t consistently unfold the way we want or expect them to, but somehow the tears get wiped away and things don’t turn out quite as bad as we thought they would. We get a chance to turn the page and keep writing. If you have to put your pen down to take a break, that’s okay. Just keep writing. You have an amazing story to tell…yes, YOU!

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

    Thanks again Penelope. We certainly have good choices to make to make our day better even if we’re at the bottom of the pit in a pile of compost. But roses grow nicely in compost too.

  2. Pam
    Pam says:

    You’re amazing Penelope!
    Some day we will read “Once upon a time there was a MonSter that stole many things. 🧡MSer’s tell their stories.🧡 Finally, the stealing stopped. The MonSter was gone forever because of a cure. The End!”


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