Like one third of America, I’m a cat lover. I’ve had kitties in my house since I was a child, often in sets. Currently, I’m the proud parent of two fur babies—Ivan (the tabby) and Baker (the Wegie)—and they’re a great source of joy, entertainment and companionship.
But cats are so much more than lap-warmers and healers. They’re a source of wisdom for me as a multiple sclerosis patient.
From my current cat duo, I’ve learned…
Practicing self-care is vital.
Ever watched a cat groom itself? Yeah, it can be an all-consuming affair. Shoulders, belly, paws, head and tail—everything gets a good washing at least once a day. And whatever time isn’t spent scrubbing is allotted for grooming their claws on a scratching post or dozing in a sunbeam or on a cozy pillow. Yes, cats sure do know how to pamper themselves. And while I can’t spend two-thirds of my life napping (boy, don’t I wish), having a couple of felines around reminds me it’s important to slow down, relax and treat yourself to something nice once in awhile.
Sometimes, it’s OK to freak out for no reason.
Baker is the king of feline freak-outs. One minute, he’s cuddled up next to me on the bed while I’m reading, getting a pet on the head with every page turn and purring himself silly. The next, he spots something in the corner that I can’t see and takes off like a shot. Other times, a noise startles him. (Seriously, one loud sneeze, and he’s gone for an hour.) But he always comes back, cool as can be and acting like nothing happened. In that moment, something was cause for fright, but it passes and life can get back to normal.
That’s what life is like with MS sometimes. Strange things happen—we tingle, go numb, lose our balance, have trouble seeing, experience a pain that wasn’t there before—and it’s time to go DEFCON 1. However, those problems aren’t always permanent, and they aren’t necessarily life-threatening. In the moment, they just feel that way. So, when they come, I give myself permission to “pull a Baker” until I can process what’s going on.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.
We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!
Let us improve this post!
Tell us how we can improve this post?