A-Z promising quotes: Quitting
Quitting isn’t an option with multiple sclerosis. First, people don’t generally die from MS. It’s not a life sentence, it’s a lifelong condition – at least, until medical research finds a cure for it.
But sometimes one might feel like quitting. Or maybe just ceasing to try. That’s not hard to understand – from the MSer’s viewpoint. There simply are times when life with MS becomes downright difficult and possibly discouraging.
But quitting doesn’t work, especially if we stay in the quit position. Maybe any of us has quit for a moment or a spell. It’s just dangerous to wallow there, I think. I’ve tried that, and it leads to bad places.
Before I was diagnosed with MS, doctors thought I had a brain tumor. For six long months, I endured MRI after MRI. I went to see an oncologist.
I waited for results … and a clear answer. By the time the neurological experts finally figured out I had a weird looking MS lesion – and not a really scary big brain tumor – the news came as a relief.
“Thank God it’s MS, instead of brain cancer,” I said.
See, that’s the thing.
If the doctors had immediately pinpointed the MS, I would probably have been even more devastated about it. But, from the perspective of waiting out a possible brain cancer diagnosis, the news was a much lesser blow.
MS is still terrible. I hate it. I wish I didn’t have it. But I am unmistakably glad I don’t have a humongous amorphous and potentially changing glioblastoma lurking inside my skull. That was about six years ago, and I am still here, giving it all I’ve got to kick MS to the curb.
Maybe life really is all about perspective.
So I am not quitting. And I hope you won’t, either.
Here's an inspiring quotation from American minister and positive thinking author Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993):
"It's always too soon to quit."
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