April is my month. The weather gets warmer, the world gets greener, and everything just generally lightens up. I was born in April. My wife and I were married in April. My favorite holiday is April Fools’ Day. I love Record Store Day, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk events and, of course, there’s this.
I began writing for Multiple Sclerosis News Today on April 5, 2017. I have never kept a diary or journal, and never really written a column before (plenty of articles on assignment, but rarely opinion pieces like these). Though I didn’t create the column with this end in mind, I now have a documented collection of stuff that seemed important enough to write about at the time.
So, I was going to write about some updates and thoughts about it all. Until I read “29 Reasons I’m Thankful for Having MS.”
My guess is that lots of writers can point to articles they wished they had written, or written first. This is certainly one of those for me. The gist of the piece is that Doug Ankerman, the article’s author, has MS. And he’s got 29 reasons for being thankful for it.
“Thankful he has MS? No one is thankful for having MS. He makes no sense!
Oh, I hear you. Loud and clear.
Now, let me explain. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) back in 1996, so I’ve had a good long time — over 20 years — to think about this. And yes, MS has closed many doors in my life — physically, emotionally, professionally. But as the saying goes, just as many have been opened.
It is all a matter of perspective. A perspective I had to change unless I wanted MS to prevail.”
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