Hi everyone. My name is Mike, and hopefully everyone will enjoy my blog on this wonderful website. As for my background, I am 29 years old, and I have been living with MS for almost 6 years–my six year anniversary is coming up in October. My life has been filled with many ups and downs in these interesting six years. I have been fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people on this interesting journey.
MS has affected my life in so many ways; some positive and some negative. I cannot change what has happened to me, but I have learned to embrace the changes and challenges. However, the one thing that I have never changed is the belief in myself. When I first got sick, I was barely able to move; numbness flowed down the right side of my face all the way to my fingertips and to the bottom of my feet. This was absolutely devastating because at the time I was a NCAA division 1 athlete. My lifestyle, my sport, everything that I knew was all of the sudden taken away from me. However, this wasn’t the first time I have had to overcome a hurdle in my life. I wanted to prove everyone wrong that I would come back and play the sport I loved at such a high level. Through hard work and determination (there was a lot of screaming, falling down, and swearing –though not necessarily in that order), I was able to come back to play a sport that I loved with some of my best friends. I took on the attitude that “ it was me vs the disease”, and I was not losing.
The transformation that happened over those 5 months was incredible, and during the whole process, I never stop believing that I would overcome this minor hurdle in my life. I have learned a lot about myself in these past six years, but the most important thing that I have learned is when I put my mind to something that I can accomplish it. Furthermore, the hardships that all of us have had to overcome in our lives is something that no one can take away from us and something that we all should be proud of. We all have to keep on moving forward; even though, sometimes it feels like an anchor is holding us back—moving on is a part of life. Your lifestyle will change, but your goals and dreams should not change. Think for a second…think about what you have had to overcome in your life since living with the disease—I bet a lot. For those of you who are worried about what the future may hold and worried about moving forward, don’t be. You’ve accomplished so much already that you will be prepared to overcome any obstacle.