“When you start off with nothing, everything you get can seem like a miracle. The first time I walked up the stairs without a cane I couldn’t stop smiling. The first time I was able to jog or the first time I could walk without a walker, I thought my mother would never stop crying with joy, and I never wanted her to stop. But it took a long time to come to this realization. There is nothing wrong with being fully healthy, and many people who are considered in good physical condition do appreciate many things in life, but too often many people take too many things for granted.
If I’d never experienced literally not being able to get out of bed (because I’d fall over) I probably wouldn’t literally jump out of bed every morning no matter how tired I am. Life the second time around allows you to notice what your eyes were too foolish to see the first time. It is like re-living your past but with a chance to correct old mistakes. When I re-learned to walk, I made sure I walked properly. But most of all I learned to fully understand a word I had long forgotten: thankfulness. I am thankful that my disease is so manageable. I am thankful I have the family that I do. I am thankful there is so much being done to find a cure. I am thankful for a second chance.
This is the beauty of having relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis: I get a lifetime of second chances. Not just one, but many and each time the privileges I am not guaranteed become more valuable then the time before.”
To meet Amanda and other young people affected by MS, join us at ‘MS Can’t Stop Me’, a free forum for young adults ages 18-26 happening October 24th and 25th in Kitchener Waterloo. Partners, allies and caregivers who are young adults are also welcome!! For more information and to register for the event please visit mssociety.ca/YoungAdultForum or call 1-800-268-7582 ext. 3170