A few weeks ago me and Dizzy did a blog post on 10 things about living with MS for MS awareness month. Living with any chronic illness is ridiculously difficult but I wanted to counter my 10 things about living with MS and think about the positives that come from it. Sometimes you do really have to look for them but they are there!
‘At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.’ – Paulo Coelho
- Trying different things. Having MS means I can’t always do the things I use to do but this does mean I’ve had time to discover new things! This has included blogging, photography, volunteering and my splashing around classes.
‘You have no idea what you’re capable of until you try.’ – Unknown
2. Appreciating yourself more and learning to looking after yourself. Having MS has taught me the importance of looking after myself. I have always been very sensible but had never considered what I could be doing to really help my mind and body be as healthy as possible. I now do yoga, meditation, eat super healthily, have relaxation times and exercise.
MS has also made me appreciate me! I remember thinking how ridiculous it was that my own body was attacking itself but then I thought how I had spent a lot of my life having negative thoughts about myself and realised how that was abit ridiculous too!
‘How others see you, is not important…How you see yourself means everything.’ – Unknown
3. Realising you’re stronger than you thought. I always remember seeing people on the telly with progressive chronic illnesses and being so grateful I wasn’t one of them. It was something I thought I would never have the strength to cope with. I’ve now realised there’s no choice but to cope but I’m doing it and I’ll count that as being strong. 🙂
‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have.’ – Bob Marley
4. Learning more about who you are! I feel I’ve learnt more about myself in the last three years than the whole of my life put together!
‘By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.’ Edwin Elliot
5. Finding new paths. I’m realising all the paths I’ve had planned out aren’t looking exactly how they use to anymore. It doesn’t mean giving up on any of my dreams but just that I now have the opportunity to explore some new paths too!
‘Alice: What road do I take?
Cheshire cat: Well where are you going?
Alice: I don’t know.’
Cheshire cat: Then it doesn’t matter. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.’
6. Appreciating the small things in life. I’m learning to fully appreciate all the little things in life. I’m realising how happy the simple things can make me. 🙂
‘Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.’ – Robert Brault
7. Learning to say no! I use to get really annoyed with myself for the amount of times I would say yes to people when I really wanted to say no. Since being ill I don’t seem to have this problem as much. 🙂
‘Whatever is good for your soul…Do that.’ – Unknown
8. Seeing life abit differently. As well as learning a lot about myself I have also learnt a huge amount about life. Part of this is realising how a lot of things I use to fuss about just really don’t matter. It’s made me realise what’s really important in life.
‘To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
9. People! You learn who the people in your life are that really love and care about you! Being on this journey is also always giving me the opportunity to meet new people and that’s pretty amazing too!
‘Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said ‘I’m here for you’ and proved it.’ – Unknown
10. Realising it’s ok to not be ok… I always thought it was very important to appear as though everything was wonderful at all times. Not being ok is a part of life though for everyone and opening up about things can help others to do the same. 🙂
‘Don’t hold together what must fall apart. The familiar life crumbles so the new life can begin.’ – Bryant McGill
Me and Dizzy hope you’ve liked our post about the positive aspects that have come from our MS. What positives have you discovered from an illness or any difficult times in your life? We’d love to hear them! 🙂 xxx
‘Stars can’t shine without darkness.’ – Unknown
Also published on ‘The Mighty’ at: https://themighty.com/2017/04/good-things-living-with-multiple-scleroisis/