Onerous: Describing multiple sclerosis from A to Z
Multiple sclerosis is anything but easy. It can be challenging, surprisingly wearisome, and downright onerous.
We own that.
What does onerous even mean?
Onerous is arduous, back-breaking, burdensome, difficult, hard, oppressive, strenuous, toilsome, and weighty. The word is derived from the Latin word “onus,” which is still used today to refer to a burden or a heavy load.
Life with multiple sclerosis requires extra effort. Simple tasks that many folks accomplish without much attention, exertion, or intention can be significant achievements for the MSer, particularly when the MS MonSter is in full attack mode. A level path becomes an uphill climb for the MS warrior. Everyday projects can be exhausting, taking on Herculean standards of strain.
Often, we rise to the occasion. Sometimes we crumble. All too frequently, we overdo it on our good days, only to find ourselves down for the count on the days that follow. It’s the labor of life for the MSer, at least till a cure is found. But we are still kicking … and we’re kicking MS to the curb the best we can.
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