Thank you for calling me a patient. Thanks for challenging my sanity during a time when I am emotionally fragile. Your remark discouraged me, wounded my spirit and left me in tears. I agree that at times I am complicated. My highs and lows are unpredictable and my reactions are sometimes unexpected. This unfortunately is the course of anxiety and depression.
I also acknowledge that at times you have been subjected to my sporadic diatribes and for that you have my sincerest apology. However, instead of your support, I am mocked, ridiculed and denigrated. Your insensitivity and inability to show compassion is disappointing.
The lesson learned is that you have inadvertently reminded me of my strength. You probably could not cope with the traumatic experiences I have endured and the illnesses I must live with.
Again, I say thank you. Your actions caused me to remember that even people who know your ailments and struggles can be callous, hurtful and rude. My illnesses have taught me who cares and who could care less.
Here is the take away. I am not crazy or ridiculous and I am indeed a patient. I am an MS PATIENT and a HEART PATIENT whom has become IMPATIENT with you. Knowledge is power and diamonds don’t break. My shine may dull but my value will never diminish.
Teresa Wright-Johnson is a 43-year-old MS Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She has had multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in November of 2014. She also is a community activist with a background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. She aspires to use her life to empower and inspire others. A retired Sr. Parole Officer, a Poet and an Inspirational Speaker, she enjoys spending time with her loving family and friends, writing, reading and listening to music.