My Fight Song for Multiple Sclerosis

My Fight Song for Multiple Sclerosis

Patiently Awakened
Most of us have heard Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. It became an anthem for many people who struggle with illness and adversity. Fight Song has become one of my favorite odes.

As a writer, I love to listen to the words of song lyrics. The music is great, but in most cases, it is the lyrics that resonate with me. I always have had a love affair with words. I hear the music, but I feel the lyrics. Rachel’s song speaks of how she will use her strength to get through her trials and tribulations. The song speaks life into my spirit and, I’m certain, into the spirit of many others.

Fight Song inspired me to write this column. Truthfully, we all have a fight song. There always is a small inner voice that allows us to believe we are strong enough to make it through whatever we are encountering. Living with MS is complex, and in the midst of our turmoil and struggle it is important to employ a fight song.

I have read many articles, columns and descriptions in which people express their struggles with MS and chronic illness. Sadly, some have lost hope. Although I still have hope and faith, I understand how staying grounded and sanguine can be wearisome. Pain and loss of functioning is devastating at times.

I believe we have the power to speak life into our souls. This may be challenging, but there has to be something that will invigorate us to look forward to tomorrow. If we can just make it to the next day, there is hope and an opportunity for change. We have to take one day at a time.

I have been in excruciating pain for the past few weeks. I am incessantly talking to and encouraging myself that this, too, shall pass. Even in the midst of this agony, I hope and believe there are better days ahead if I just hold on. I summon my inner spirit, reminding myself that I am strong. I affirm that I am created to survive and thrive. These are a few of the lyrics to my fight song.

I am asking you to keep hope alive. As long as we have life there is the opportunity for change. I hope to see a cure for MS in my lifetime. Many may believe that I am an idealist or a fantasist. I simply believe that I am a person of great faith and a visionary in my own right. Things change. That is an irrefutable truth.

As we come to a close of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, I encourage you to use your own personal fight song. Seek words that will encourage your mind and spirit. Find the things that inspire you to carry on and hope for a better tomorrow. I truly believe that our minds absorb the words we speak. Positive affirmations can have everlasting effects. Remember, if we can just make it to tomorrow, anything is possible.

“Illness will not steal my joy for I am alive you see,
Even in sorrow and pain I will arise triumphantly.
No matter what I will go on even when I feel like giving in,
I am grateful for the life I live and I will fight until the end.”
— Teresa Wright-Johnson

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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.
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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.

5 comments

  1. Ellen Enriquette says:

    This song is also my fight song for giving me the power again and don’t give up… it’s not easy but I try every day again and again???

  2. Teresa Wright-Johnson says:

    Hi Ellen,

    Thank you for your response. Continue to sing your fight song and never give up. You are powerful. This battle is difficult, yet we are warriors!

  3. Jackie Hajji says:

    Your column really resonated with me; thank you for writing it. I was lucky enough to have had the chance to be treated by Dr. Richard Burt’s team at Northwestern University. My stem cells were transplanted back into me one year ago today. I lost count of the number of times I listened to Fight Song while in Chicago for almost two months. I’m feeling better than I have in years and am living proof that if you power through and just keep keeping on, there are great things that can happen.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      We are so glad to hear that you were able to have this treatment and that you are doing well! Keep on singing and living well!

    • Teresa Wright-Johnson says:

      Hi Jackie,
      Thank you for your response and for sharing your story. I am happy to hear that you are feeling better. I agree that great things can happen if we just hold on. Continued blessings to you.

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