Nov 1, 2002
Real Living with Multiple Sclerosis
BELOW ARE THE MUSINGS I've learned not to question but instead, put to paper. The hope is that they'll give others a lift or bring them a smile. I gladly share them with you.
With MS, I have learned...
* to be grateful for good days.
* that I can't safely sneeze while standing.
* to focus on my abilities.
* that I'm not disabled; I just do things differently than most other people.
* that using my cane helps me practice energy conservation.
* that borrowing trouble merely means I'll have to pay interest on it later.
* to take a tablet or two of humor with my morning vitamins.
* that goldfinches on the perch of our feeder can eat upside down.
* that I don't look like I have a chronic disease.
* that shopping carts use more disability parking spaces than people with disabilities.
* that there are more beautiful sunsets than ordinary ones.
* that I can't always reach the roses to stop and smell them, but I can enjoy their beauty.
* that my MS friends are a very important part of my support system.
* that no one comes to my "pity parties."
* after parking in a disability parking space, I get dirty looks when I exit my car and don't appear to have a disability.
* that my MS is difficult enough for me to understand, let alone for someone else.
* that seeing the world from a wheelchair beats being too tired to enjoy it.
* that, in winter, the closest disability parking spaces are filled with snow.
* to decorate my cane for holidays and special occasions.
* to adjust, readjust, arrange, rearrange, compromise, change, switch to Plan B, modify, and adapt while smiling.
* that a kind word, telephone call, card, or note can keep me going for weeks.
* that I learn more when I listen than when I talk.
* that it's dangerous to do "wheelies" in a wheelchair.
* how much noise a cane makes when it goes from a vertical to a horizontal position.
* that positive thinking is powerful and reality checks are necessary.
* how adversity can bring new thoughts, ideas, and a deeper faith.
* that I'm the creator of the quality of my life.
* that there are people who, without even knowing it, make this world a little brighter and a little nicer to be in; I'm so grateful for those who light up my life.
* that "oops" is a verb.
© 2002 Real Living with Multiple Sclerosis