Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth
For many of us, the name “Hershey” means one word…Chocolate! Way back in 1905, founder Milton S. Hershey built his famous chocolate company in the town known as Hershey, Pennsylvania, or “Chocolatetown, USA.” Two years later, he built the famous Hershey Park for his employees to enjoy and picnic. The attraction is alive and well today! While living just a few hours away, we were able the enjoy the adventures of this wonderful park. Roller coasters, zoo, entertainment and the ultimate…tour of the Chocolate Factory! Up close and personal as we toured the chocolate making process. At the end, we each got a treat, a spanking, brand new Hershey Kiss! Instant smiles!
Today, our trip out to “Chocolatetown, USA” is for another reason. To see my neurologist at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This was a big visit to review my MRIs of the brain and spine. I was a bit nervous but my husband quickly reminded me to remain focused and stick to my list of questions. I was so glad he was with me. Deep breath, good to go. I try not to worry about things until I need to…and the time was here!
We began the appointment reviewing MRIs. The good news: no new lesions, no active disease noted. This has been my clinical “impression” results since beginning Rebif nearly 12 years ago. Complete blessing! So why am struggling with my gait? Am I getting worse? Progressing? Help us understand what is going on please. With the unpredictability of this disease, isn’t that the hard part of any physician? Can he clearly define or provide a valid answer? Not always.
He went on to explain that since my MRIs remain unchanged, he really wouldn’t recommend switching to another DMD. We agreed. He also discussed with us the fact that maybe my MS is no longer active, hence, no lesion development or activity (relapse) seen on MRIs or physical exam. Then, am I progressing? He prefers to say, “I have MS.” Silence filled the room for a brief moment.
Going forward, now what? Am I getting messages to my leg? Is my PT, my BalanceWear Vest regimen exercise worth doing? What? What? What? I could clearly feel panic settling in. He politely replied, “Your leg is moving isn’t it? You’re getting the message.” What a profound statement! lol “Keep working hard and continue to be as strong as you can be.”
Sometime, we don’t always hear what we want to, do we? Sometimes, we wish it didn’t have to be so hard or require so much each and every day. Sometimes, like today, I needed to reach deep within, continue to do what ultimately needs to be done and trust He knows what He’s up to as I keep on keeping on, never giving up.
“Count Your Blessings”