Multiple Sclerosis -It Still Hurts

by Judy with Peace

How I Get Through This

There are times when I look up and say, how did this happen to me? Asking why usually doesn’t get me anywhere, except depression. My present reality really does not allow me to indulge in such questions. I have to cope instead with adjusting to my currently diminished physical capacity and the appalling possibility, nay, probability that this can get much, much worse. How do I then maintain my spirit? Who is the Me who remains when so much of what defined me has been stripped away? Can I transmute this reality into something with meaning and value? Sometimes I find little victories that sustain me. Sometimes I find someone like Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl to help me navigate these questions. At other times I feel that I am in a boat without a paddle in a raging sea. Mostly I am a work in progress living an unexpected life where most of the rules I thought applied don’t and I am left to rely on whatever inner strength, character, and personal faith I can call on to get me through.
Judy with Peace

Looks like tears maybe are a part of life!

I was cleaning up MSelief.com yesterday evening and I happened on this post of one of Judy’s poems, posted last year.  Judy writes beautiful poetry that I’m sure resonates with all of us living a life with MS.   You can read more of her poetry by clicking on Judy with Peace above.

 

Linda

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 MSrelief.com. 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.

2 Comments:

  1. Judy, to maintain my spirit I look at the Buddhist observation everyday, “all suffering of mankind is produced by attachment to a previous condition of existence”. Everyone with MS remembers when they were fitter and stronger but we should concentrate now on how we can be better people.

    Peter

    • Peter~
      I’m sure Judy will want to reply to your comment, but I thought I’d sneak one in first ~ I agree with you~ we all have room to improve and that is indeed where we need to focus!
      ~Linda

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