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)


Somebody stop me. I've done too much. Again.

Yikes. It’s only the first day of December, and I am already overspent. I’m not even talking about the checking account. It’s my energy bank.

(If you live with multiple sclerosis, you know exactly what that means.)

I’m overdrawn.

  • Maybe it’s because I have run (at least 3-4 miles a day and often more) on seven of the past ten days.
  • Cooking and hosting Thanksgiving this year, and then spending the rest of that weekend pulling out and putting up holiday decorations is likely another contributing factor.
  • Darting about town to do a bunch of extra errands for holiday shopping and craft supplies could have drawn me down a bit too.
  • Constructing and sewing seven children’s toys for Christmas might have something to do with the spasms my back is now feeling.
  • Wrapping presents for a couple dozen extended family members took some wherewithal as well.
  • Participating in out-of-the-house evening events on three of the past four nights may bear some blame – even though all of these were fun, and I wouldn’t have missed them.
  • Looking forward to going out for hearty holiday happenings on three of the next four nights might play a part.
  • Did I mention I had to play a little catch-up to meet my end-of-month writing quotas?

Are you getting tired, just reading all that?

Please don’t misunderstand. None of these are negatives. I willingly signed on for all of these endeavors and actually enjoyed doing them.

I love the Christmas season.

But I’m a little spent.

That’s how MS works. It’s an up-and-down, back-and-forth, give-and-take sort of life. It’s nearly impossible to predict how much energy will be available on any given day, but we know we are supposed to manage that resource wisely and try not to run out before the end of each day.

Only it doesn’t always work that way. Especially during the holiday season, when so much fun is there to be had.

I think it’s time to pull back from the front lines and plug into the things that recharge me – at least for an hour or two.

Know the feeling?

I’ll be back, once I get my gusto restored.
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