Appreciating Life Outside of Multiple Sclerosis

Mandy Crest Health Guide
  • Turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, the big parade and, of course, football. There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving!

    Dinner is the main event of the day, but it's not all about the food. It is a time to celebrate with our loved ones and give thanks for our many blessings.

    These days, it’s easy to focus on what's ails us. Wall Street, mortgage meltdown, war, and an economy on the skids... a perfect storm creating a steady stream of stress and negativity. If you are visiting this site, chances are that you, or someone you love, is living with multiple sclerosis. Along with the physical manifestations of MS comes an enormous financial burden. If you think about too much, it's easy to become overwhelmed.

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    I won’t presume to speak for all multiple sclerosis patients because with all we have in common, we are as diverse as any other group, and some of us carry a heavier load than others. But there are a few of things for which I am truly grateful. I say “only a few” because they are the very foundations of life and everything above and beyond these are mere icing on the cake.

    There are health problems, obviously, but I do not have a terminal illness. Every morning I have one more chance to make my mark in the wrold. I suspect there are a lot of people who would be willing to take on my life, MS and all, and would be glad to have it. I'm in a better place than a lot of folks. MS is no walk in the park, but I still manage to have full life. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a people who care about me. I still have reason to hope and I am still chasing my dreams. There's an awful lot to be said about that.

    My children and extended family are spread around the country. I miss them, but I take comfort in the fact that most are in good health and enjoying life to the fullest. I am blessed with a strong and loving husband and care partner.

    We, as a nation, are facing difficult days for the foreseeable future. Perhaps now is the time to sort out exactly what it is that we cherish.... and then work on preserving those things.

    Let us not put those thoughts out of our minds when Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away. Let us remain grateful for the people in our lives, simple comforts, and the good fortune to live another day.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

Published On: November 26, 2008