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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Thursday

A-Z promising quotes: Zest



Multiple sclerosis gives a person pause … and a definite cause for concern. Just this morning, I was zipping through a couple of discussion threads in an MS group on a popular social networking site and found a few folks expressing their worries about possible future MS symptoms they might one day face.

“What if I can no longer walk in 5, 10, or 20 years?” one person asked.

“I dread the possibility of losing my vision,” said another.

“Will I need a wheelchair someday?” a third posted.

Clearly, no one knows the answers to these questions. Even the top neurological experts have no clue what path MS will take in any individual from day to day, month to month, or year to year.

But that’s sort of the mystery of MS.


And it might just be the key to what makes so many MSers such a curious and intriguing and spunky and zesty and (Dare I say it?) inspiring lot. Those who choose to fight simply stand their ground (even if they are sitting down) and make the most of every single day that they can.

I wanna be like that. I want zest, even with MS.

I’d like to adopt this thought-provoking quotation from British author J.R.R. Tolkein (1892-1973), perhaps best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings:

“The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.”

That sounds almost like a benediction, doesn’t it?

May health and hope grow strong in all of us, so that we can be content with each good day and take pleasure in the blessings that come. Maybe such an attitude can make the less-than-good or totally terrible MS days more bearable as well.
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4 comments:

  1. Amen to that. Congrats on getting to Z!

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  2. Looks like you did a heck of a job on your theme. I'd be nice to see you get more comments. Were you blog hopping and commenting on other blogs?

    Thank you so much for participating in the A to Z Challenge! You rock! Congrats on getting to the letter Z! Reminder: there will be an A to Z Reflections round on May 4th. There will be a Linky for it on the main blog, so please look for it there! Please post your reflections on the challenge, visit others, and catch up on the blogs you didn't have time to read!

    Team Macha, Helping Co-Host Zalka
    Maui Jungalow

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  3. Amazing job on this blog for A To Z. I was completely amazed / shocked that this was only one of five that you completed this year.I really love so many of your quotes. I really believe that attitude is an essential component of living a great life, and even more so when you're living one with all the randomness MS brings.

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  4. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    Many people do not realize that God has promised us a brighter future...one where there will be no more sickness, ill-health or even death. Isaiah 33:24 says: "And no resident will say I am sick." This is no idle, man-made promise, but a solid guarantee and something to look forward too. I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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