Why is she grateful for multiple sclerosis, you wonder? With hundreds of symptoms including dizziness, fatigue, stiffness, muscle spasms, changes in mobility, and the foreverness of it all, what exactly is there to be thankful for?
It’s easy, at least for me to lose sight of gratitude in the thick of so much pain. There’s no break. MS and my other chronic illnesses gang up on me 24/7. Then something always happens to remind me to be grateful. I’m still here, and even on the worst days, that’s a good thing.
Here eight reasons why I’m grateful for multiple sclerosis:
- It’s showing me my strength. Hard times are good for that, and I’m not sure I’d be there yet if it wasn’t for the downturn in my health.
- I’ve learned that weakness is a strength too. Asking for help when needed isn’t easy for me, but I’m learning that it’s the only way through some days.
- Not all friendships last forever, but the right ones do, and become a ray of hope on the hardest days.
- MS is teaching me to appreciate everything. I mean every little thing, from the pretty colors in the morning sky to the sound of traffic going by my house. The sound of traffic is an odd comfort to me- through everything, no matter what life goes on.
- I now know how important it is to tell people when I see something good in them. It makes them feel good, and that makes me feel good.
- It’s taught me to be more understanding of others. Before life had left me a bit hardened. It’s a lot easier to see that most people are doing the best they can now.
- It’s made success seem way more possible. I can write that book. I can call for that interview. I can have what I dream of.
- Multiple sclerosis has given me the ability to serve and educate others in a way life without chronic illness wouldn’t have. I’ve spoken at a local hospital about my rare combination of diseases twice, lead support groups and had my articles about MS published in major outlets.
Most importantly. I’ve learned that love and kindness go way farther than a nasty attitude and that there’s nothing life can throw at me that I won’t knock right on out of the park. So hit me with your best shot. I can take it.
Why are you grateful for multiple sclerosis?
Ellie is a 45-year-old woman living in South Carolina. She works as a cashier, but is always dreaming of more — she’s just not always sure of what “more” is. Her favorite hobbies are reading and reading book reviews. Within the first few minutes of meeting her, you’ll realize her nephews, niece, books and cats are her favorite things.
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