You would think the opposite would be true but the more open I can be about my fears, frustrations and falls with this stupid disease, the more empowered I feel. As the oldest of 4 children of very young parents, I always felt like I had to be so strong for my Mom,Dad and all my siblings. In fact, my sister always reminds me that our Dad would ask her why she couldn't get the kind of grades I did. My Dad was a simple man who didn't understand the harm he would cause to all of his kids by pointing out our differences in a negative way. Consequently, I always felt this immense pressure to never let my parents or anyone else down for that matter. Fast forward many years to when this disease forced me to start using mobility devices to get around. Friends with MS would gently remind me that it was not a weakness to need a cane or scooter but in fact would help preserve my limited amount of energy for other activities I wanted to participate in. I always felt like I was giving into MS stubbornly refusing any help for years. Now I know that the vulnerability to admit that I need help is the strongest thing I can do. It's refreshing to follow Selma Blair, the actress that was recently diagnosed with MS, as she proudly posts the grim reality of her daily struggles. I really admire how she bares all, literally, because she's not afraid to let people see her at her weakest. Selma understands that she might help others with her honesty which is what I aspire to do although you will not be seeing me in the buff, EVER.
Hello World. This is a blog we created to give any one affected by MS in any way a constructive way to communicate with others going through the same challenges.