Be Grateful For What You Can Do
Last updated: July 2023
I was 17 when it all happened to me. I didn’t have symptoms or anything. The main lesion was in the right spot to cause major problems that happened all at once. I was unable to work and had to be on steroids for over 2 months straight. With the weight gain and hunger, it was a long process to try and get back to as close to the old me as I could.
Taking breaks when I need to
I went to the gym twice a week and just worked out at my own pace. I didn’t try to push myself, and when I felt like my symptoms were flaring I would sit down and take a break before heading home. While working out a little I felt confident, better about myself and proud I was still able to take care of myself. Over my 15 years with MS I have learned to take breaks when I need to, do things at your own pace. When feeling sensory overload I need to get away and find a quiet place to sit for a few minutes.
Be grateful for what we can do today
The piece of advice I give anyone I talk to is to be grateful for what you can do today, for it can be taken away at any moment. It can be taken without warning and completely change your life forever. Spend time with your family and loved ones. Take care of yourself first, and try to leave the negativity behind. Enjoy what time you have here on earth, and see the beauty in things. It is important to take care of yourself and relax when you feel overwhelmed by things you can’t control or rushed by a deadline. Just remember to do what you can. You don’t have to keep up with the rest of the world, so enjoy life and enjoy yourself everyday in every way possible.
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