R.S.V.P or R.S.V.Don’t?

Written by on July 17th, 2012 –

How to combat the fatigue, MS symptoms or general not feeling well when having to attend social functions? With spring fading and summer beginning, the invitations to social function are starting to stack up. With these increasing invitations it also brings an increase in anxiety. I am a person that absolutely hates to disappoint. The last thing I want is to have to decline an invitation because I am not feeling well. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way. I know I can’t be the only one who has to cancel last minute because MS has reared its ugly head. So with that in mind how does one keep from complete disappointment? How can this crusader keep up appearances?

When I get invitations to social functions there is a checklist I run through in my head. Is it outside? Is it supposed to be sunny and warm? How many other people are going? How long ago was my last treatment? Depending on what the results are in my checklist, I respond to the invitation. Unless there is a big problem I try and go to each function. Occasionally even though I have been committed to go, I wake up the morning of the function unable to go. I must say I have a group of very understanding friends. They understand if I need to stay home or if I have to leave early from a function. Still, I must admit there is a measure of guilt when this happens.


Most recently a friend said that even though they knew I might not be able to stay for the whole function that they just appreciated my being there for however long I could be. This is the measure of true friendship. This is what makes me want to stay even though I may not be feeling great. That’s when I put everything else on the back burner, touch up my game face and play on until the last notes of the music fade!

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