Three years ago I was teaching a variety of fitness classes included boot camp and Zumba and considering finishing my dance teacher’s qualification. Life was good!
Then back in 2013 I heard those words “You have Multiple Sclerosis” and since then things have dramatically changed.
For the first year after my diagnosis, I noticed I was slower and things were taking more effort to do. Still I managed to continue pretty much as “normal” but recently my walking has deteriorated.
When I am invited anywhere I now have to consider how I will manage the venue. Before I leave the house I ask myself a series of questions.
Can I park nearby?
Are there steps that will need negotiating?
What will the weather be like? Wet is bad as I am very slow, icy and snowy is a definite no.
What is the floor covering in the venue?
Where are the bathrooms in relation to where I will be?
Will it be really busy?
It is not just social events that are affected, but shopping, holidays and sightseeing can create walking problems. The Internet has helped with shopping, but it doesn’t really compensate for jumping in the car and wandering around stores.
I know I need to be grateful that I can still walk short distances unaided, (even if I looks like I’ve hit the bottle before I have left home). I still exercise and I luckily have a great husband and some amazing friends who support me when I do go out.
The one thing I do think about a lot is that I need to make sure that I don’t let MS stop me from doing things. Admittedly, sometimes it is much easier to decline invitations than to say yes. Pajamas and television are much less a hassle than limping and wobbling my way through a night out.
Some people have suggested I get a wheelchair or a walker, but if I am honest my head just isn’t in the right place to do that yet. Rightly or wrongly making that adjustment seems to be taking a long time for me.
Maybe one day I will get my head around it, but for now I will just keep plodding on.
Can you relate? Does limited mobility prevent you from going out? Do you have a wheelchair or walker? How was the transition? Was it a good decision? We would love to hear from you.
Bev Wright was diagnosed with MS on 14th February 2013. It came as a complete shock as she had been a fitness instructor for 20 years. Within two days of her diagnosis she joined the MS Society and has raised over $20,000 for the chronic disease by running the annual ICE Ball.
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