I know the question seems kind of silly, but do you? Do you sometimes forget, whether for a minute? An hour? A day? A week or longer; do you sometimes forget you have multiple sclerosis?
You see, growing up I’ve always been a hands on type of girl. My dad used to joke that I should have been a boy. I use to be outside with him building things and watching him work on cars. Probably a decade or so ago now, I helped in vinyl siding the house my parents live in. A year and a half ago (I had been diagnosed by this point just over a year), I helped him shingle their roof.
Recently, in my household, we did some remodeling, and being the type of person I am, I jumped right in and did what I could. Now, the whole remodel was done mostly by carpenters and electricians, but we decided to get rid of this awful stucco job that took over all the walls in my entrance way and main hallway. We figured the house was a mess, perfect time to do it. So we did all the compounding, sanding, and painting (on both projects we did the painting).
At the time, I wasn’t bothered one bit. I was sanding away, painting trims, touching up spots and painting hallways. This went on for about a week. It wasn’t until maybe day three or four that I really started to feel it. I was waking up tired and sore, but had to get up and push through the work day to come home and do more work. You don’t realize how much you’re using your legs, or how sore you’re arms are going to get from the repeated sanding and rolling paint motions.
I’m so thankful that I don’t usually feel many MS symptoms in my day, so sometimes I do forget, just for a moment. For a small glimpse in time, I feel like I did before my life got turned around. This recent project made me really remember. It reminded me that I have limitations now; that I can’t do all the things I use to do. In those moments of work, I wasn’t fazed my disease. It was the following days that the monster came back to remind me it was still here.
Do you sometimes forget you have MS?
Vanessa is a 28 year old living in Massachusetts with her husband and 7 year old Puggle, named Rocky. She currently works in an elementary school and as a fitness instructor and health/fitness coach. She was diagnosed in April of 2014 with relapse-remitting MS and is currently taking Tecfidera. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.