Living With MS isn’t the end of life it is just life reimagined.
When I was first diagnosed with MS after my coma(read the story HERE). The journey and work required to get back on my feet was hard not gonna lie. It seemed life had become a series of misfortunate events. I knew life as I had known it was gone. In its place a new life one I would have to learn to live with and live fully.
In the years since my diagnosis, I have learned three valuable lessons. One is humor. I have learned
One is humor. I have learned to laugh at myself and my symptoms. I will tell more about this lesson later.
Two never give in or give up. this is a life lesson for everyone. even when life is tough we can never give in or give up on what we want to accomplish.
Three MS is a disability felt not seen. there have been so many rumors around my small town about me due to my MS symptoms. You may wonder why that is well because MS isn’t always visible to the people around you. Let me tell you why by sharing some of my daily symptoms.
Living With MS Symptoms
Yes, both heat and cold affect me. The heat seems to hit me hard and my symptoms flare up more when I am hot. Things like my foot-dragging or just being extra cranky. Think of a two-year not getting a nap and that’s me.
Dizziness and vertigo is a real problem sometimes. If I move my head just right or standing up too quick it hits hard.
Vision issues yes. This is the main reason I don’t drive. I don’t just see two of everything I see like 3 sometimes 4. Like the picture says that’s ok if it’s chocolate or a handsome pirate(AKA Johnny Depp) but for everything else not so much. I can no longer drive which is a pain. I also have an issue with seeing things in a distance like when people are on stage or wave across the room. No, I am not being rude I just don’t see you waving so try hollering I will answer.
Numbness is a big thing I find getting up and moving helps, but most of the time I feel my toes and sometimes even my fingers.
No, I am not drunk is correct. I don’t know how many times I have heard the rumor I was drunk at 7AM dropping off my son at school. I can’t tell you how many walls, doors and/or tables I have bumped into in my life. I have lost count. and yes. that is only water in my cup.
Fatigue doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling. Think how you feel after 2 days of no sleep and hard labor that bone tired can’t move my body tired and then multiple that by 10 and that is how I feel. On a good day I can handle anything on a bad I can’t move out of bed.
There are many other signs and symptoms of MS these are just a few I deal with daily. To see more illustrations and to learn more check out website Positive Living With Ms.
Do you know someone with Ms? What did you learn that surprised you?
Disclaimer: Photos are from the website Positive Living With MS.