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: Reality



Reality can be deceiving – and sometimes ever more than anyone can imagine. The late British rocker and former Beatle John Lennon (1940-1980) sized up reality this way:

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

I have to agree. Multiple sclerosis has been called an invisible illness. That pretty much means it’s usually not visible to others, even if it is all-too real for the one living with it.

MSer’s nearly universally groan when other people say, “How can you have MS? You look so good.” It’s not that we want to be perceived as ugly or unattractive. It’s just that our appearances are not the litmus test of our health battles.

We may look pretty good. We may even be moving around pretty nimbly on a given day, holding our wits together and keeping up with everyday life fairly well. But that doesn’t mean multiple sclerosis isn’t playing its nerve-numbing, muscle-spasming, brain-draining, energy-sapping, pain-inflicting, balance-shaking, vision-blurring, tremor-inciting chorus of chaos in the background.

Bet that’s not where Lennon was going with that statement at all, but it fits for the person with MS. That's the reality.

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