I Ride Cause I Can
Being diagnosed with MS can be challenging. My words to my friend who is newly diagnosed.
Things to remember:
It’s your body. You have the right to choose what’s best for you.
If something doesn’t feel right, tell your physician. If your physician doesn’t listen, find one that will.
Every day is a new day, and every day there will be something to be thankful for.
Treat your body with love and caring, and it will do good for you.
Rest when you are tired.
Laugh every chance you get.
Not everyone will be able to handle the “new” you.
Yes, you will change. Everyone changes, change is good.
Surround yourself with understanding people. They will appear when you least expect, but when you need it the most.
Ask for help when you need it.
Keep copies of every report and test you get done.
If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
Talk to your husband, your kids and loved ones; let them know how you are honestly doing.
Don’t push yourself.
The number one saying you will hear all the time “But you look so good”. Smile and say, “I know I look good. You don’t look dumb”.
Everyone will have their own opinion what you “should” be doing, they read it on the internet or they have a “friend” that tried something and it worked for them. Be your own advocate.
Don’t give in, push through the bad days, and rejoice the good ones.
Find something you love to do, that doesn’t hurt too much, and push yourself to do it.
Set goals. Celebrate.
Follow your dreams.
Never listen to the words, “you can’t do that, you have MS.” You can do anything you set your mind to.
Learn something new every day.
It’s okay to say no. It’s even okay to lie. Just take care of yourself.
Don’t blame everything on MS, sometimes it’s because we were in school in the 70’s – we are old.