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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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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3 comments:

  1. This post made me think quite a bit about my friend with MS. Real friends are treasure for sure, my chronic problem is depression, so often don't feel like facing the world and say no often due to wanting to be alone.

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  2. Great friends make anything easier and good things better. I hope you've got a group of supportive understanding folks.

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