Owning My Decision ~ My Priceless Gifts
Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays! A time to give thanks for the many blessings we have each and every day! My in-laws arrived from out-of-state just in time for the big feast complete with Tom the Turk, amazing sides and yummy desserts. I found myself thinking about my diet theory, moderation, and quickly dismissed. Everything was oh so good!
Speaking of good, in addition to my success with Rebif, I also value the added benefits of physical therapy. Because of the lesions on my spine, the messages my brain is sending to my legs sometimes don’t get through, causing weakness and gait issues. I was tripping a lot and even broken my ankle a couple of times. My goal with physical therapy is to strengthen my legs and ankles in an effort to prevent these detours.
It’s important to work on building a good medical team. That’s been a challenge for me at times. Over the years, my neurologists and I haven’t always seen eye to eye—so I’ve had, well, more than one. But I’m really happy with my current neurologist. We work together to manage my MS and that’s important to me. Never giving up! 🙂
Having the love and support of family and friends has been a big thing for me too! My boys are young, independent men now, but they still listen to my lousy jokes and let me dote on them. They also check in on me to make sure everything is okay. I recall I was planning to attend my youngest son’s soccer game at college, but it was just too hot and I ended up staying home. I wasn’t very happy! I enjoy watching and cheering as the boys played their respective sports. “I’m glad you’re not coming,” he said. “I’d hate to have to come out there and chase you back to the car!”
I have the support of an amazing husband as well. I remarried a while back to a man who “gets” my MS. When Todd and I met, it became very obvious to me that he was indeed a very caring man and said what he meant and meant what he said. When I thought the time was right for me to tell him that I had MS, he responded – “I already knew!” Shocked, surprised, instant response, “What!?!” “How did you know?” Long story short, he’d searched my name on the internet and found I was involved with the MS Community and read my story. He had educated himself about Multiple Sclerosis and was at peace and embraced what he was dealing with.
One of the things I love the most about Todd is our ability to have good, honest discussions. He handles both my good and bad days, my hissy fits and periodic comments like, “I’m sick of being sick.” He has tremendous patience with me and is always ready to reassure me. I can be that sappy wife sometimes! But he also has the job of telling me things I don’t want to hear – like I shouldn’t be doing something. I always hate when I know he’s right! lol I do know, however, it’s said with love and he wants only the best for me. I continue to thank God for my true blessing, my dear husband.
It’s inevitable that MS will bring Many Surprises. In order to be prepared for these surprises, I’ve learned the importance of being my own advocate, the importance to continually learn all I can about MS and its advancements, the importance to be compliant with my effective DMD, the importance of physical therapy, the importance of securing a medical team I can trust, and the importance to accept the love and support from my husband, family and dear friends – my priceless gifts!
“Count Your Blessings”