I was diagnosed several years ago with the illness. It's funny because if you didn't know me you would think I'm the picture of health. Well, the funny thing is I'm not. People ask me all the time how I deal with having MS. How do you answer that? I try to explain as best that I can, but I know that people don't understand what it's like. I am afraid to leave my home because I feel safe here. I have to work myself up just to go somewhere. No one can truly understand what we are talking about because they would have to walk a mile in our shoes to understand it. I wouldn't wish my disease on anyone! I can't run, I can't dance, I can't even drive a car anymore! But somehow you have to have the strength to keep moving forward. Sometimes it's hard, I can't do summers because the heat is just awful for me. The fatigue is always there, but people just don't understand. Cool weather is better for me, I like the fall. The pain is horrible because every nerve will hurt as well as my bones. Plus I have to deal with having Crohn's Disease with a bag on my side. But I have a daughter and I will keep moving forward because if I give in, then I'm letting the disease win! I'm not going to do that. I have days where just getting out of bed is hard but I do it. The man who once told me "that he was in this for the long haul" has left. This man was my husband, I thought that he would be with me forever! Now I'm a single mom who will show my daughter what it's like to keep moving, never give up when your dealt a bad hand, just go around it! I have to use mobility aides to get around but so what, they help. It's not always easy but we try, and that's what's important...

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