March is my other anticipated period of purpose. As MS Awareness Month three is collective attention given to this MonSter that inflicts millions of people across the globe.
As one of those Warriors, I vowed several years ago to spend the month of March bring public awareness to my life with multiple sclerosis. To do that, I blog daily on several mediums. I talk about my book I Have MS. What's Your Super Power? make myself open to discussion about this ridiculous disease. In March I want to educate those newly diagnosed and I want to learn more about this medical appendage called MS.
It's not going away. I'm forced to live with it, but that doesn't mean I musty do so lightly.
You've heard it before, but it's worth repeating: I have MS. MS doesn't have me.
For those of you who don't know me, I was diagnosed July 1, 2001, six months after the birth of my one and only child. That child saved (and continues) my life. At that time, my everyday existence wasn't the greatest. I could go on and on with that personal drama but it can wait for another day. I was 41 years old, in a broken marriage, and not holding myself in high regard.
But I was doing what I had to assure this child a happy life. If not for him, my diagnosis could have and probably would have plunged me into space most folks strive to avoid.
My son gave me a purpose in the midst of the bleakest news ever.
Because of him, I forced myself to get back on my feet and find purpose in this new existence as a mother AND a warrior of multiple sclerosis.
Life changed drastically at that realization. (Read my book to learn more about my early journey with MS.)
My goal this month is to provide the ABD's for Good Mental and Emotional Health in living with multiple sclerosis, based on the work of Dr. Adam Kaplin. (Don't worry. We won't go through the complete alphabet:)
Dr. Kaplin discusses some pretty challenging issues. MS is hard but no more difficult than the daily issues of existing with it. (ABC's for Good Mental and Emotional Health, Dr. Adam Kaplin, The Motivator Summer/Fall 2020, page 26.)
I hope you find comfort in my daily musings; that you learn something; that you share your thoughts on what I say; and that you realize your purpose in this life. God doesn't throw us more than we can catch.
So, I'll see you tomorrow.
Thanks for hanging out with me,