A-Z promising quotes: Friends
Multiple sclerosis can be an isolator. Exacerbations, in particular, tend to keep those living with MS from circulating. How many MSers cancel social gatherings, miss meetings, and avoid appointments when symptoms flare up?
It’s easy to become distanced or even lonely when you live with a chronic disease. And MS is no exception. Sure, sometimes we feel like doing a whole lot more and mixing with other people. But all too often, the symptoms crop up, and we start knocking stuff off our schedules.
That’s when real friends enter the picture.
These are the ones who call or text anyway. They message us online and post affirming or encouraging notes on our social networking pages. They invite us again to events and outings, even if we’ve canceled on them half a dozen times already. And they know when enough is enough, so they don’t pester us into frustration.
Such folks are genuine gems. And they help us find joy again, even with multiple sclerosis.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a famous British preacher, put it this way.
“Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial, had they not found a friend.”
Friends help us stand up to the MS MonSter, even when we feel we can stand it no longer.
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