I have a question for each of you. A question I am sure we have all been asked at some point or another. If you could change anything in your life, would you change the fact that you were diagnosed with MS? Logically most people would say “yes” without a shadow of a doubt, without a moment’s hesitation. We all know the cruelty this disease can inflict. We know that life with MS is a roller coaster. Knowing all of this, would you change it?
My life has without a doubt been changed and affected by MS. I learned that I had this disease at the tender age of 20; an age when most people are in college deciding what career field they want to be in. It’s not typically an age where one has to decide what treatment path will be best suited for their life and disease. I’ll admit that I was envious of my peers at that age. My primary worries weren’t what party or movie I was going to see that weekend. My thoughts were consumed with treatment options, how to finance said treatment options (they aren’t cheap), and tests I’d have to undergo. If you’ve been following my blogs you know that I placed my college aspirations on hold for several years and jumped head first into the MS world.
I have had a roller coaster experience with this disease like I am sure everyone else has had too. Yet, I can’t help feeling that MS has inadvertently or blatantly helped me along the way. I am focused, I know what I want out of this life and I have clear goals set out in life. These are things some people spend a lifetime trying to figure out. I have also been given great opportunities that I don’t think I would have had if I hadn’t been diagnosed with MS. So yes while, I fully admit this disease is not something I would wish upon my greatest enemy, I don’t think I would want to change that part of my life. It may sound strange and downright ludicrous to others, but I would not change my diagnosis with MS. Without this devastating moment in my life, I would not have known what opportunities it would empower me with. We don’t know how strong we are until we have no choice but to be. You know this crusader’s choice, so what is your choice my friends?