As I’ve described before, living with MS is a series of ups and downs. Days you wake up without feeling in your limbs are among your worst.
However, the day you wake up, and you realize it’s been a year since your last flare-up, and that you’re in the best mental and physical state you’ve ever been in… you feel like you’re on top of the world.
I had the pleasure of experiencing that last December, and honestly, it made me feel amazing to know I had gone a year without any issues.
However, although that was a huge victory for me, I’ve been through many victories while dealing with my MS. Some small. Some big. But nonetheless, they’ve been victories.
When my small flare-ups—y’know limbs going numb for 10-15 minutes—stopped happening because I followed my doctor’s advice of daily care and management.
For me, the day I stopped being nervous about my daily injections and it became as routine as washing my hands.
The day I realized I knew enough about my multiple sclerosis to recognize the difference between my leg falling asleep and a flare-up.
The day I started exercising on a regular basis, despite my fear that too much pressure on my body would send me into a downward spiral.
The day I ran 5k.
The day I became comfortable enough to be public and open about my MS in the form of this blog, advocacy for disability rights and accessibility.
The day I decided to take an Introduction to Disability Studies course, so I could learn more about the disability rights movement, and how I can be an agent of positive social change.
These have been some of my victories in the last year and a half.
For others with MS, victories may take on different forms based on who they are.
The important thing is to recognize and celebrate those victories just as much as the larger milestones one meets.
What are some of your victories you’ve experienced? Share below in the comments!