Snow, It’s Winter After All!
Snow, snow, and yet more snow! It’s winter after all! The blizzard, Jonas, paid a visit to the east coast over the weekend, depositing a mere 26 inches here. Not one thing you could do to slow or stop the paralyzing effects of this snowstorm. Our whole area was completely shut down. As I looked out the window and watch the snow steadily fall, the wind loudly blowing, I couldn’t help but think about my current status with MS. The similarities…disrupting normal routines, paralyzing you right in your tracks.
Just as one would prepare for snow storms: stocking up with food (many frantically clearing the shelves at the market), water, shovels, flashlights, candles, and for our techy friends, chargers to keep their phones alive, unless you lose electric. Yikes! You need to take the same due diligence preparing your life with MS. Stock up and do what you can.
And just like the uncertainty of snowstorms, I face my own concerns with MS progression. I’ve graduated from Relapsing Remitting MS to Secondary Progressive MS. As I process and manage what this all means for me, I can’t stress enough the importance of starting therapy immediately following diagnosis. Today, there are 13 DMT’s to choose from. In 2000, I had three! Make a choice and begin treatment to reduce relapses, to reduce lesion load, and to reduce disability risks from this horrific disease. If it’s not a good fit for you, there are still 12 others to try! Choices, hope, living life to its fullest, that’s my prayer for you.
Some situations, like snowstorms, cannot be controlled. What I can do is remain determined to do what I can while facing the challenges of MS. I trust God will give me strength, direction, and courage to weather this storm as well!
“Count Your Blessings”