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When Life Is Like a Rap Song

When Life Is Like a Rap Song

I love music. I love the beat of the music, and I love the lyrics and how they speak to me. Sometimes I’ll need a little pick me up, and music is always there to help lift the mood. The other day, I was reminiscing on the past and listing to an old Eminem song called Lose Yourself (one of my favorites for working out), and I realized how much I could relate to the opening lyrics, and how much they were like a day in the life with MS:

“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy

There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti

He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready

To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin’

What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud

He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out

He’s chokin’, how, everybody’s jokin’ now

The clocks run out, times up, over, blaow!

Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity.”

MS symptoms in the lyrics

I swear so many MS symptoms are listed right here in these lyrics. “Weak knees, arms are heavy”? Absolutely, every day. More like completely weak legs, not just knees, and heavy limbs are a definite. Weakness is a prominent symptom of mine, especially when it comes to my legs. As the summer is upon us, it’s becoming worse from the heat. The heat also affects the heavy sensation in my arms, which makes me feel like they are weighed down with concrete blocks, pulling me towards the ground.

Anxiety under the surface

Next line, “He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready.” I relate to this on so many levels. My nerves are shot, literally – thanks MS. But I’m also a nervous wreck most days because of my anxiety. However, this is something I try to hide at all cost. Most days I can’t even appear calm, because the anxiety triggers my tremors. So on the days I actually may look calm and ready, inside it’s like a disaster waiting to happen. My anxiety has been an enormous struggle since being diagnosed.


“He keeps on forgetting”…again I relate. If I had a penny for everything I forget daily, I would be a billionaire. I have the attention span of a fly, so every new thing that catches my attention causes me to temporarily forget what I’m saying or doing at the moment. Sometimes I’ll forget and won’t remember what I was saying or doing again for the next day or so.

“He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out.” This is a lot like the forgetfulness; I’ll either forget what I’m saying at the moment, or I’ll stumble over my words. Sometimes I’ll even stutter. The biggest thing for me with this symptom though, is I know what I want to say, but I can’t for the life of me think of the right word at the time.

Trouble swallowing

The next line isn’t something I have experienced yet, but “He’s chokin’” is an MS symptom as well. People with MS, often have trouble swallowing, or what is known as dysphagia. It can lead to speech problems, which can be relatable to our inability to accurately form the right words when we need them.

Hello, balance issues

Skip a couple of lines, and there’s “Oh there goes gravity.” Hello, balance issues. MS causes damage to our brain stems which in turn affects our balance. You won’t catch me successfully walking across a tightrope. Good balance needs many different parts of the body to work together to be successful, and with MS, information our brain receives and the replies it sends out can be late and misleading. This affects the way our bodies process balance information. Balance can also be disrupted by symptoms such as vertigo, which could explain the vomit on the sweater earlier in the song.

My life played out in a rap song

MS is rough, and the symptoms really blow, so sometimes it helps me to relate to other things. So when I listened to this song, I had to share. Listening to this song, and rapping all of my symptoms kind of lightened things up a bit. It made me laugh to think my life could be played out in the first couple of minutes of an Eminem song! I hope you all enjoyed this fun comparison! The symptoms aren’t fun at all, but it’s always fun to make light of things and to let loose with some old rap!



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  • Lupe
    11 months ago

    Your comparison is spot on! Love it and now whenever I hear that song, I’ll think of you and MS. Thanks!

  • messeeone
    11 months ago

    Love it! Here’s my old favorite from The Who’s Another Tricky Day:

    (It could happen anytime)
    You can’t expect to never cry
    (Patience is priceless)
    Not when you try to fly so high
    (Just stay on that line)
    Rock and roll will never die
    (This is no social crisis)

  • Zazenalot
    11 months ago

    Loved this post. I’ve always love that Eminem song. As I was reading this post, one of my favorite Ed Sheeran songs played.

    “When your legs don’t work like they used to before, and I can’t sweep you off of your feet.
    Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love? Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

    Sounds like my own version of an MS song, only this time a LOVE song. I sure hope my legs work when I’m old. I sure hope my memory doesn’t fail me.

    But, just to be on the safe side, I’ll go back to Eminem’s FIRST line of his song;

    “Look, if you have one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you even wanted One moment Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

    I’m NOT gonna let ANYTHING slip (as best I can). Gonna live this MS life of mine seizing EVERYTHING w/in my power. Gonna take those trips. Gonna spend more time doing what I WANT and getting what I NEED, which is more quiet time to myself.

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