Don’t worry; this post will not be political. The truth is, being an advocate, is simply bringing awareness to your cause. In this pretense, we can all be advocates. I stand for multiple sclerosis awareness. It is not something I do just for a day or for a particular month. It is something I live. Many times, after getting a diagnosis, people go through a time where they think “now what?” You enter a new season in life, and it is riddled with periods of reflection. The question becomes “what is my purpose now?” Often we try to overthink the answer when it could be simply stated as “ADVOCACY.”
There are estimates of 2.5 million people worldwide having MS. It is safe to say we are NOT alone. However, hearing the diagnosis and trying to understand what it all means, leaves us feeling nothing but lonely. Becoming a voice, and bringing awareness, allows for others who are feeling lost to have hope.
This same awareness also enlightens people to a new level of understanding. Generally, people do not accept what they cannot understand. Spreading awareness of your chronic disease brings forth the capacity for acceptance. That is the goal isn’t it?
Having multiple sclerosis causes us to feel isolated in of itself. Coupling this with the ignorant mindset and comments from those uneducated about this disease forces many to become silent about their diagnosis. Many of us, try our best to cover up and conceal our struggles rather than to have to explain to others the true nature of the disability. Being an advocate for awareness is walking away from the common statement “I’m fine.” It is allowing others to understand it is okay to not be okay.
Being an advocate for your cause is something to be celebrated. It is an act of walking out of the confinement you feel imprisoned in and allowing your voice to be heard for a cause bigger than yourself.
Are you an advocate?
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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.