Monday, October 07, 2013
When I diagnosed with MS, mine started with relapsing-permitting multiple sclerosis at the age of 24 (I am 50 and now), it is now slowly going into secondary progressive. What helped me when I got MS was that I was young and was determined to live my life my way. (I love young people)! I read all the books, at the time, written by Bernie Siegel, MD, and some from Norman Cousins, and they changed my life because they introduced me to the concept of the mind-body connection to health.
Now I have some holes in my brain an it has shrunk some BUT I still live independently, alone and just live my life with humor, faith, friendship and hope. I also believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, my Higher Powers. I am saying this because there is a very strong component to health in our thoughts and attitudes and spirituality (which is very individual and special). As a young person, I didn't want my life to be defined my this illness and have kept that attitude. Now, though, I am aware of my limitations as well and work with them too to make my life the best that I can.
I am sharing this today for two main reasons:
1. To encourage me to keep going on my hardest days.
2. To hopefully share with you HOPE no matter what the world says to you (doctors, well-meaning friends and family, even negative people) about your problem, with the famous labels of "incurable", "you cannot do it", "it's impossible", "hasn't been proven", blah, blah, blah, blah.