Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)

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What do mothers, marathoners and MSers have in common?



Mmm, that’s a tough question – or is it?

I’m a mom, a runner, and an MSer. OK. I have never run a marathon. (Does a half marathon count?) But I think I know the answer to this question.

Ask any mother, marathoner, or multiple sclerosis warrior. Bet you’ll hear the same answer, or at least something similar.

“It’s a mercy that we forget pain.”

That’s right.

If that weren’t the case, who would ever birth a second child, run a second marathon, or even climb out of bed on a bad MS day?

But we forget. Mercifully, we forget the aches, the cramps, the spasms, the tingling burns, and the other pains that go with challenging life.

Moms get up and care for families, even when we don’t feel too great ourselves. Marathoners plot right through the dreaded wall, running with blisters, broken toenails, and all sorts of injuries. And MSers rise once more to stand toe-to-toe with the malevolent MonSter, boldly waiting to see what sort of MiSery he will next unleash.

Yes, forgetting pain is a mercy indeed. Maybe that’s what makes us run again – ticking along at any speed, by hook or by crook – when life is hard. 

And by the way, sometimes the MS life actually feels like the mother of all marathons.

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