MS, Chronic Illness and Motherhood: A Salute to Mothers

MS, Chronic Illness and Motherhood: A Salute to Mothers

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I am well aware of the importance of a mother, or a mother figure, and the significant role she has in the lives of her children and community. I am blessed to have an awesome mother who has profoundly shaped my life. It is her love, guidance, patience and tutelage that is responsible for the woman I am today. Although not a biological mother, I also have shaped and molded the lives of many. I have several nieces and nephews, two adult stepchildren and grandchildren. I am certain that I have played a pertinent role in many of their lives and my influence will continue.

May is the month that Mother’s Day is celebrated. Mother’s Day is one day only, however, a mother’s job never ceases. It is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week assignment. Mothers should be remembered and celebrated daily.

This week, I would like to pay homage to all mothers, especially those battling MS and chronic illness.

A mother is constantly caring for her children. When a mother is ill, her role as mother continues. If she is tired, she still has a household to manage. Her tears are often silent and her fears are unknown to her children. Unfortunately, we often take our mothers for granted. We are under-appreciative of their daily sacrifice until, or unless, we mature, become mothers, and/or lose our beloved mothers. We don’t comprehend how vastly different our lives would be without our mothers. A mother wears numerous hats, and most often she does it without a thought or complaint. Her only concern is the well-being of her children.

As a person with MS and chronic illness, there are times I am extremely exhausted, or in too much pain to do anything. I often imagine how difficult it would be if I had to care for young children. I am reminded that many of us battling MS are mothers and caregivers. Although some of us have help from spouses and/or family, there are some who may not have any assistance at all. The fact remains that with assistance, or in its absence, managing motherhood, MS and chronic illness is strenuous. Motherhood itself is very rewarding; however, it comes with great offering.

To the mothers bravely weathering MS and chronic illness while still caring for your families, spouses and communities, I applaud you. You are the core of our society. I want you to know that you are intrepid and admirable. You’ve been given an immense responsibility, and you manage it with love, grace and courage. As Mother’s Day approaches, and long after it ends, please know that you never can be replaced. Your children and many others are learning valuable lessons just by observing you withstand adversity. You are honored. You are loved. You are phenomenal. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

“Your heart is like a river it flows and flows. The burdens that you carry, I will never know. Mother, you are my greatest gift and you can never be replaced. My life began the day you birthed me you’re my earthly, angel face.”  — (from A Mother’s Love by 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.

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