Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Don't Allow MS To Consume You...

I'd be lying if I said that I don't think about my MS every day.  When you have an incurable, unpredictable illness, it's hard not to.  But the key to Beating MS or any illness is not to allow it to consume your life.

When I was first diagnosed, I became obsessed with looking for a cure and learning as much about this disease as I could.  The researcher in me kicked in and I scoured the Internet, books, anything I could get my hands on.  But, after about six months of relentless digging, I completely burned out.  I didn't want to hear the word MS, let alone learn anymore about it.  I didn't even want to talk about my own MS.  I just shut down and ignored the whole situation.  A much-needed break at the time, but not a practice that was going to yield long-term success.

Eventually, my curiosity started to get the better of me and I once again felt the desire to expand my MS knowledge.  This time however, I took a step back and didn't allow my curiously to become an obsession.  Because I knew if I went down the same path as when I was diagnosed, that I would end up the same burned out, disinterested, yet still sick person as before.  But, I also knew that if I didn't keep learning and trying new things, that I would end up in a rut that would lead to stagnation in my recovery and overall wellness.

Now, I place limits on the amount of time & effort that I put into MS research and I make time for non-MS things - going to the movies, shopping, hanging out with friends & family, etc.  I work at having a life aside from being sick.  MS is only one part of what makes up who I am and I work to make sure it remains a very small part.

Beating MS!

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