MS and The Power of Being Positive: MS Awareness Month

Cathy Health Guide March 19, 2012
  • “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.“ ~Grandma MosesAfter being diagnosed with MS I realized how blessed I was how I looked at life - through rose-colored glasses.  It may sound silly, but I credit a good deal of my positive outlook to (during my formative years...

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  • Vicki
    Health Guide
    Mar. 26, 2012

    Oh Cathy, Pollyana?

    She wanted a doll, I think, and the church that provided gifts for low-income children had no doll so they gave her crutches. She was glad she did not need them.

     

    Her father based the glad game on a quote - was it Lincoln? The philosophy reminds me of Anne Frank who, 30 years later, could find beauty anywhere. I don't know if she ever...

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    Oh Cathy, Pollyana?

    She wanted a doll, I think, and the church that provided gifts for low-income children had no doll so they gave her crutches. She was glad she did not need them.

     

    Her father based the glad game on a quote - was it Lincoln? The philosophy reminds me of Anne Frank who, 30 years later, could find beauty anywhere. I don't know if she ever read Pollyana.

     

    I believe you have enough MS experience to interpret the glad game as facing reality with a smile. I think that's a good idea, 

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      Mar. 26, 2012

      The best-selling children's book "Pollyanna" at the turn of the 20th century became synonymous with an optimistic outlook of life, and that is what I meant.  Honestly, I never read the book so I am amazed at your wealth of knowledge, Vicki!

  • AGSerra1
    Apr. 05, 2012

    As I read this I also grew up much the same as you and so I chose to have an upbeat attitude as well .. and as I read thru this I also felt relief and shed a few tears .. MS is not simple and some people see us as "phony" only because I choose to dance rather than sit , I choose to smile and sing rather than sit and whine or just simply have a snarl on my face...

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    As I read this I also grew up much the same as you and so I chose to have an upbeat attitude as well .. and as I read thru this I also felt relief and shed a few tears .. MS is not simple and some people see us as "phony" only because I choose to dance rather than sit , I choose to smile and sing rather than sit and whine or just simply have a snarl on my face ..

     

    My MS while slow to progress has me being graded by others who know someone who is in a chair or cannot talk .. it is useless to try to explain just how MS works because they have an image of MS in their minds ...

     

    I have quite a few MS buddies one that hangs out with me when we can .. She has no use of her right hand and such difficulty walking and talking .. Before we became friends her and her husband saw me at a fund raiser dancing and selling tickets and I do use a cane .. He came up to me and asked me if I would meet with his wife .. so I did ..

     

    She was in a scooter and we talked about the differences in our MS and while we chatted she came to understand that I chose to move about while I can , through the pain that racks my body , thru the knots and spasms and dizziness .. we only live once and I choose to live as if I were 17 again ..

     

    So thank you for this , I usually do not read many articles but yours just jumped out at me .. Thanks