Hope: A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy.
Hope is a simple word that is a mantra for many. It is lived, breathed, and believed in with every fibre of being. I can’t begin to tell you how many things I own that bear the word hope. Everyone I know is on the lookout for things that say hope or have hope embodied in them for me. They are things I display in my home with pride. I was given a gift that had the word hope inscribed on it shortly after I was diagnosed with MS. My parents gave me a St. Christopher’s medal on my twenty-first birthday with the word “Hope” inscribed on the back. It is a necklace I wear every single day.
The word hope is a word that drives me forward everyday. I live every single day with hope. Hope for the future, hope for a future without MS, hope for so many things. To me it’s not just a word. It is a feeling, a way of life, something that doesn’t always come easily – believe me. It has only been in the last couple of years that I have become comfortable with who I am and how MS is included in that. Like many of us with MS I try not to let MS define me. MS is a part of me but I am not defined by my disease. I fight my hardest to show people this. (more…)