Decision Making with MS

Written by on November 4th, 2014 –

How many times have you had that feeling in your gut that it wasn’t right, but everyone around you was telling you it was the right thing to do. A year or six months passes by, and you knew that you should have gone with your gut. Living with MS is an emotional roller coaster, and you rely heavily on your support system. However, no one knows you better than yourself. MS does make your decision making ability difficult at times because of the fogginess that experienced with the disease. Making a decision based on emotions can be one of the worst things that you can do. For many youth with MS, the decisions that you make now can really have an effect on you as an adult…your career, the city you live in, and your friends.

I just finished reading the book “thinking fast, and slow”, a great read for those who are interested….but I really think that people with MS really need to take the emotion factor out of major decisions. What do I recommend? Always wait a couple of days before you start to think of the decision….go for a work out to clear your mind. Always write down all the positives and negatives….and ask yourself-will this improve my current situation, does this align with my plan or goals within the next 5 years or 10 years, and what is the next best alternative. The two most important parts of the decision are to confide in someone who you trust that is not within your family or friends and ask for their view, and to listen to your gut. Once you have made that decision, it is very difficult at first, but don’t look back because it will be the right decision…trust me.

 

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