MS Awareness Month is almost here again. Momentarily, focus will be given to our cause and people will adorn something orange and recount how they once knew someone with multiple sclerosis.
Phrases will be made on how people are Stronger than MS or Made Strong or my favorite, We are Stronger Together. The reality is, that is just a lot of talk. Those are statements to say when there are no words to describe how we are feeling. My first relapse was 18 years ago this year. Even in all this time, there are still no right words to say.
Here is a public service announcement from me. When you find out someone has MS just remember, deep down we are no different than you. Just like everyone else we have dreams and aspirations. We have families and spouses, children and pets.
We still go through many of the same events and struggles others do. Many of us, have gotten married (yes, even after diagnosis), divorced, had children and grandchildren. Some of us even continue to work. The fact is, for many of us, the average person would never even know there was anything wrong.
When you meet someone and find out they have multiple sclerosis, know this, we do not expect you to have something wonderful to say and do not need a cliche catch phrase. There is one thing many of us would like. Many of the thousands of people I can think of with this diagnosis all want one simple thing, more friends who understand and look past the differences.
March is the month we have for awareness. Awareness does not mean the same thing as pity. This March be aware that there is more to a person than a diagnosis.
Gina Litwin lives in San Antonio, TX with my loving family. Mom to three great kids 22, 9, and 7. Lover of animals, and mom to 5 pups I am always on the go. Currently going back to school for a marketing degree. Officially diagnosed now as relapsing remitting, there was a point where I was believed to be secondary progressive. My first episode was in 1999 and I have been on many different treatments over the years.