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: Joy




I am always amazed to hear of people facing huge life challenges, devastating setbacks, or significant suffering – who still manage to hang onto joy. These remarkable individuals actually inspire the rest of us.

Helen Keller (1880-1968), who became blind and deaf as a toddler, slugged her way through all sorts of struggles. In the end, she became a famous author and political activist. Sure, she must have had seasons of utter frustration, times of emotional turmoil, and seasons of darkness. (The Miracle Worker tells her story.)  But she didn’t camp there for keeps.

Here’s a telling quote from Helen Keller:

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

A person can soar, so to speak, without seeing or hearing or performing physical feats. It’s possible to find ways to soar on crutches or in a wheelchair. Fatigue, nerve pain, numbness, spasticity, vertigo, and weakness cannot stop one from soaring.

Soaring can happen in artistic expressions, skilled tasks, interpersonal affirmations, simple gestures of kindness, or any number of other creative ways.

How do you soar, even if the MS MonSter is striking?

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