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Living Your Best Life

Isn’t it great that we have this wonderful forum to share our thoughts and feelings – many stories only MS patients will understand? Diagnosed with PPMS years ago, I have enjoyed reading some. However, lately I have started to notice that I rarely come across an article of brightness. Everyone seems to share how dark their world is; ‘There’s too much pain’; ‘people are insensitive and don’t understand’; ‘handicapped parking spot abuse’, etc. Admittedly some are more on the positive side, but I don’t even want to read the stories anymore for fear of getting depressed or angry.

Really friends, it’s time. For 2017 try focusing your thoughts on the wonderful things in your life. When you start thinking about how things are bad for you, purposefully change your thoughts. Even if you can’t get paste your MS disabilities, focus your thoughts and dreams on those abilities you still have. If you can’t think anything positive, I don’t want to read it. Remember that there is always someone worse off than you. Think about that for a moment and then realize how good you have it. Think about how much more handicap accommodating our world is today than it was years ago. Maybe you have adapted some small part of your life successfully? Focus on small accomplishments and there will be more. Soon they will be life changing. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but if you constantly think about the worst parts of your MS, tomorrow will not be good for you? Sometimes I get weak and feel sorry for myself, but I forcefully change to a more positive mind-set. You can too.

OK, MS truly sucks, and its not our fault, but positive thoughts provide a better life, a better future, and even healing.

Have a Happy New Year!

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  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Tim2101! Thanks for sharing your message of hope. There must be something in the air! My New Year’s resolution for my family was to help us to be more positive and reflect more of an attitude of gratitude.

    From my family to yours, warm wishes for a positive and bright 2017. -Warmly, Donna ( team)

  • trloftus author
    3 years ago

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • trloftus author
    3 years ago

    Thanks Donna. 2017 is going to be a great year. I have set a few goals for 2017. Among them is walking unassisted by June and also joining a local gym by June, attending 5 or 6 times every week. This will be a year of strength and improvements. 2016 was just a warm-up for 2017.
    I have set a couple other goals that are not MS related. They will keep me focused and moving forward. Only good awaits me at every turn.
    Set some goals for yourself. Make them a stretch but attainable. We can do it!

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