Are MS Sufferers Movers and Shakers?

Mary Margaret Hillstrand’s practice was established in response to a community request for patient-centered, neurology care.  Mo is an amazing Advanced Nurse Practitioner who spends her energy serving a large portion of the MS community here in Alaska. At this luncheon, Mo talked about her MS patients being movers and shakers.

As you see by the video, Mo talked about those of us with MS being the movers and shakers of the world.  It was very validating to hear, knowing that in the past I was one.

I take comfort knowing that those in my life who have known me for years remember my pre-MS life.  I was a mover and shaker.

I’ve heard Mo saying this before but I wanted to find some statistical proof.

My question is are most people with MS really Movers and Shakers?  

After searching for 2 or 3 hours I found a post by Richard Boughton and I had to laugh!!!  Richard’s title, “COMMON PERSONALITY TRAITS OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUFFERERS
(an unofficial, unsubstantiated, unsolicited study of character type in multiple sclerosis)” made me smile!

When I read, “Here are my findings after exhaustive hours of study (at least 2 or 3—you all know how it goes with exhaustion)” I honestly related with Richard because I really did search for 2 or 3 hours and I do know how it goes with exhaustion!

My findings are different from Richard ‘s you can read his here.

I learned, just like we already know, that everyone with MS is unique. But it also appears we are not so different from the non-MS population.

I read that some people are in denial for a long time and others step right through the stages of grief into acceptance.

I read for some of the MS sufferers ‘the cup is half full’, for others ‘half empty’, that some people are grateful about their MS diagnosis and some people are not.  Some are inspired, some not so much.

Some of those with MS discover a way to serve, to contribute to society in a way differently than planned. Others whine and stew in self pity and fear.

Sometimes people with MS uncontrollably (or pathologically) laugh and cry.  They involuntarily start crying or laughing, completely independently of what they are experiencing at the time. It seems to be caused by partial or total destruction of the system in the brain that inhibits emotional expression. In spite of acute embarrassment, the person cannot control his or her behavior.

I didn’t read anywhere but I would like to believe that Richard is telling the truth when he says, “The MS sufferer tends to be a person of above average intelligence.”

Over all, I found out that people with MS seem to be just like everyone else! Some are hard workers, go-getters and creative while others are skeptical, angry, and suffering.

In the end we are all either survivors or not.  As Richard said, it all goes back to the basic fact, we all will die.

Richard coined it, “This is my unofficial, unsubstantiated, unsolicited study of character type in multiple sclerosis.”

What do you know of the character type of people with MS?  I’d love to hear in the comments below~


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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