It’s always frustrating when you try talking to even your closest friends and hear “I understand” when you KNOW they have no idea what you’re going through. You try and be thankful for their ear, but sometimes you really need someone to understands EXACTLY what you’re going through.
A few months ago a local employee of the MS Society organized a get together for about 3 of us girls to chat and just talk about MS and EVERYTHING. In December, I emailed this girl and told her that I wanted to have a group of ladies over for a chat that she was free to send the email around. We managed to get 7 girls here – we had an ice-cream buffet and just drank a bit of wine and coffee, it was SO perfect.
The great thing was we all had that common “bug” in our lives … we all had MS. Some of us were 30, others were 24, others were 40 – it was so great. It didn’t matter if we had MS for 10 years or were newly diagnosed, we had a wide variety. After the get together a few of the ladies told me they were really hesitant and nervous to get together, they had been to other support groups before and didn’t enjoy it and left feeling worse, but they felt that this in home casual get together was perfect for them.
It honestly made me feel SOOO amazing to know that I Directly helped someone, maybe it was just 1 person, maybe I helped myself more than anything, but it felt amazing. Our next get together is the end of this month – CAN’T WAIT!!!!!
*** To clarify – we WOULD be willing to have men there as well, but there were no younger males that came forward with interest **