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Don’t Take Life For Granted

Do you remember a time when you awakened from a late afternoon nap and it was dusk? You needed to close the blinds, but it hit you suddenly that not only were home alone, you knew it’d be next to impossible for your legs to get you around the house and even if so, your hands were too weak to turn the wand on the blinds to close them?

Beginning ‘the search’ for help

How about when there was a family gathering or event that you were so very excited to attend! But then enters the downside… The ‘driver’ of the house is away and though your vehicle has hand controls, fatigue creates a challenge to drive yourself. To be ‘safe’, you leave your car parked and begin ‘the search’:  Who’s not busy, who’s going that way or agrees to go out of their way, how can you fit yourself into the schedule of someone else, who’s vehicle isn’t too small for your wheelchair… or too high for you to get into, etc.

Has there ever been an instance when you needed to run an errand or two, but a ‘quick run’ to the store was just not in the cards for you. Why? Because getting ready, out the door, to and in the car takes the same effort and ability as working 40 hours with only an hour of sleep for the week? It’s definitely not happenin’. And then you realize there’s a choice…kind of: Wait until another day for the little errand OR try to see who might be willing to donate their time to give a hand.

Relying on the same people

Might you recall any times when “no”, “that won’t suit”, “Wish I could, but…”, “did you check with…” are your chief answers to your already reluctantly asked (because you feel burdensome as it is) questions “Could you take me…” or “Can you go get…”, etc. And then you’re left with no choice but to rely on asking the one(s) who are your ‘regular’ go-to’s, They would be the “Willing Doers” in your life. Without them, you’d find yourself in quite a state a lot of the time.

I most certainly remember personal experiences of all of the above. If you’ve been lucky, you have not had those or similar experiences.

Don’t take life for granted.

I never pictured this

For someone who’s always been happily independent, I must say that I never pictured ‘this’ day for me. I never thought about me suffering the frustration, pain, worry, sadness, of Multiple Sclerosis – a non-fatal, but extremely chronic disease. A chronic disease that’d deprive me of self-reliance leaving me dependent on others to get to and fro, for personal care… even to take my daughter swimming or to the mall. In my 40’s.. while surrounded by friends and family within the same age group, watching them living busy lives – working, vacationing, doing this and that. I’m not…or rather, I can’t.

Don’t take life for granted.

Taking a moment to vent

Don’t judge me for putting my usual optimism and positivity in my pocket for a bit. Trust me, it’s definitely still a part of me because it’s crucial for my survival. It’s just that the journey through life with a chronic disease is not an easy one. This particular moment is me allowing myself a little vent. This particular moment is me sending a message:

Do not take life for granted.

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  • wandaholt
    2 years ago

    Thank you for letting me know I am not the only one living and feeling this way. It comforts me. Best wishes to you and blessings.

  • Dianne Scott moderator author
    2 years ago

    No, wandaholt, you’re not…
    #weareallinthistogether ❤
    Best wishes and blessings to you as well!
    …And thank you for reading!
    Take care, Dianne Scott

  • Dianne Scott moderator author
    2 years ago

    Thank you, Theresa.. You’re right!

  • rayche
    2 years ago

    ooh,Dianne,I found you again,I will try not to leave a trail of brain cells. Just to say thankyou so much for your story, keep on writing (or tapping (my preference!) for as long as possible, and yes, keep on laughing!

  • Dianne Scott moderator author
    2 years ago

    Hiiii rayche!! Yep, you found me!
    Thanks so much for reading my articles and the encouragement! ☺
    Best wishes, Dianne Scott

  • teddy s.
    2 years ago

    “Multiple Sclerosis – a non-fatal, but extremely chronic disease.”

    Non-fatal? Really? My fiancee died at 51, from respiratory failure due to end stage Multiple Sclerosis.

    Don’t kid yourself: PPMS or SPMS is often fatal, and cruely so.

  • Dianne Scott moderator author
    2 years ago

    Hi, Teddy S.
    I can certainly understand your sensitivity to the subject and am very sorry to hear about your fiancee. my sincerest condolences.
    Relative to whether or not MS is fatal, I’m definitely not an expert.. My Neurologist and studies I’ve read have told me and indicated that death can result from the complications of, but not from the disease itself.
    Thank you for reading.. Wishing you the best.
    Warmly, Dianne Scott

  • ericawilson
    2 years ago

    You just described my life! I am usually a wordsmith…until it comes to trying to describe my world to my family and friends. Thank you, again for your insight and the incredible way you put words to paper (screen ). Continued blessing to you!

  • Dianne Scott moderator author
    2 years ago

    Thank you, grammee3! Just like I said in one of my other articles, “We’re all in this together”! I appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment! Best, Dianne

  • Theresa
    2 years ago

    Vent away! We all deserve to be heard, or at least vent about our pain, feelings & struggles even if no one is listening!

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