Friday, May 13, 2016

76 Things #18: Diagnosisversary™

Eight years ago today, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

It might seem silly, or perhaps a little crazy, but every May 13th my wife and I do something to commemorate this date. 

It’s not a celebration, more of a recognition.

Technically, my life didn’t change on May 13th, 2008; rather, the health problems that had been afflicting me 
for years were finally given a name.

Accepting the diagnosis of MS has not been an easy task.  There are moments of sadness and regret but those fleeting moments of darkness do not reflect who I am or going to be.

Living with multiple sclerosis is a 24-hour, 7 days a week battle.  It touches every aspect of my life:  taking part in my children’s activities, chatting with family or friends, taking a random trip to the grocery store or even just going downstairs at night to get a glass of water.  In every scenario, MS is there, lurking and eager to remind me of its presence.

So on May 13th, I acknowledge that although another year of living with MS has passed, my spirits remain high and I’m still smiling.

And that is the #18 thing you might not know about (my) MS.

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