My high school friend recently reminded me that I used to always be up for doing new and different get togethers and outings. I told her I’m not like that now.
“I’m a homebody now.” I told her.
“Do you think that has to do with your multiple sclerosis diagnosis?” she asked.
“Definitely.” I quickly responded.
Last week was five years since my multiple sclerosis diagnosis and I’ve been reflecting on what has changed and stayed the same.
In September of 2012, I was an overwhelmed mother of a first grader starting a new program at a new school and a preschooler who pooped in her underwear every day at a different school. I was running uphill trying to prove to myself that I could do it all. I jumped at social opportunities and scheduled our calendars so each day was filled.
Today I am much less stressed and much less a perfectionist (although I still like a clean house). I’m confident and comfortable homebody and my children seem to be thriving (minus the broken arm incident). Our calendar is inevitably still pretty packed, but now we all look forward to the blank days.
I will always remember that fall day of my friend’s baby shower and I know that my old extrovert party girl is now a content introvert and I am at peace with it. I acknowledge that I definitely have changed since my multiple sclerosis diagnosis five years ago. Its interesting and ironic how this anniversary lined up with my fortieth birthday, but I am happy with my life exactly how it has turned out so far.
Did you go from extrovert to introvert after your MS diagnosis?
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