I saw this question asked in a group somewhere not long ago and it got me thinking. Would I go back to the way I was before my multiple sclerosis diagnosis?
No, I wouldn’t.
That may sound strange, I know, but I think my diagnosis was the best thing to happen to me.
Initially, I wasn’t so grateful. Being diagnosed was completely unexpected and terrifying. But overcoming the grieving of my former self, which took about four years, allowed me to grow.
I started to appreciate what was around me and those I was spending time with. I thanked my body for what it could do, and for the first time, I realized how much energy everything required.
It also opened my eyes to the world of invisible illness and the way people judge one another about things they can’t see, such as criticizing someone who uses a disabled parking space because they “don’t look disabled.”
If I were to go back to my former self — that self-conscious, unconfident, worrying-about-everything, workaholic self — I’d say, “Buckle up, princess, it’ll be a bumpy ride. But after that? Well, it’ll be pretty awesome.”
The opportunities I’ve had since being diagnosed, the people I’ve met, those I’ve interviewed on my podcast, and those who told me I inspire them mean everything to me. I have found a purpose that is bigger than me. I feel like I have found my “why” for being on this planet.
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