After living with multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past seven years, I’ve learned that it can be really easy to focus on the negative aspects of the disease. But I’m generally a positive person, so I wanted to put together my thoughts on some of the positives that have come from my life with MS.
The people in the MS community are amazing. I’ve made so many friends, and I always think that although I’d rather have never been diagnosed, I wouldn’t really want to give up that positive side. That’s encouraged me to try to give myself some kind of purpose with the condition, like writing a blog, volunteering with the local MS Society, and helping other people. These are things that I didn’t really think about doing before. I’ve found that all of that has enhanced my life, helping me to feel as though I’m helping other people and just connecting with others as well.
I probably didn’t pay enough attention to my overall health or listen to my body carefully before my MS diagnosis, but I do now.
We all live such busy lives that it’s easy to push aside any symptoms that may arise when you aren’t feeling great. But now that I have MS, I listen to myself more and respond when any new feeling arises. It’s the best way to stay in tune with myself and my symptoms, because it’s more important than ever to ensure I stay healthy.
In the past, I had hobbies that I was interested in, but I didn’t take the time to engage in them. Now I definitely take more time just to do the things that I enjoy. So it’s really nice that I’ve experienced different things that I wouldn’t have set aside time for before.
I’m interested in hearing which positives other people have found from their MS diagnoses, so please comment to share your contributions!
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