When we are diagnosed with a serious chronic illness, we can find ourselves worrying that our lives will be impoverished and potentially a story of loss and suffering. I have lived with MS for 24 years and mine is a story of gain and of healing. Thankfully, though there have been times of tremendous struggle in my past as I learned to navigate life with such a volatile illness, I achieved everything I hoped to in my life and far more.
Strange as it may be to read this, I give a large part of the credit for this to my journey with MS.
I wrote this article to share some of the valuable and life-enhancing lessons that working positively, proactively and holistically with my MS has given me. These insights and ways of approaching myself and life would have been just as valuable to me had I not I had MS. MS has simply been the pathway to a better understanding of how to thrive.