Always Looking Ahead

There was a moment in my life when I just paused. I paused because of the uncertainly that was hidden right before my very own eyes. That uncertainty was delivered in four very short words in March of 2008, “You have multiple sclerosis.”

Like many of us who have had to hear that same phrase, we have no idea what MS looks like from the outside because for some individuals, you will never even know… but we know what havoc it’s wrecking on the inside. At just 18 years old, I had to “power up” and accept the fact that I was now going to live with a disease I knew nothing to little about, except for what the dreaded search engine was telling me: no cure, disability, wheelchair bound and a lot of big medical terms.

Oh yeah, those are fun, aren’t they?

As a young person living with MS, the thoughts of your future are running wild in your head. I was preparing to graduate high school, I was looking at my college choices, there was so much in front of me that I was looking forward to and not knowing the course of my MS, I was a bit lost. Having this type of diagnosis at a young age is scary, and I would have loved to connect with others in the same boat as me, but unfortunately, it felt as though I was all alone.

That is why about a year after my diagnosis, I decided I needed to do something more. I needed to shine the light on the fact that yes, I am an individual living with MS, but I refuse to let it shape the rest of my life and hold me back from doing the things I love to do.

Fundraising_success-1.jpgIt started out with a simple article in my local newspaper to help promote and bring awareness to the Walk MS event. Just a few pieces of information about my diagnosis and what I was hoping to accomplish by participating in an MS event, led to so much support and encouragement. People would say things like, “Oh my goodness, I had no idea!” or ,“I’m so sorry, what can I do?” But the one thing that stood out most for me was an individual who I went to high school with. She reached out and said she saw the article about me, and she too was diagnosed at a young age.

There it was. There was that fire within to keep pushing and raising as much awareness as I possibly could because I know what that feeling is to have no one around you to talk to. So I kept on pushing, and I kept on getting my voice out in news articles. I started to share my story on my social networks, and I just continued to join in on any possible event I could because I want a cure!  

My advice to any young individual diagnosed with MS; don’t be afraid. Things are going to seem scary for a little while, but you need to remember: this doesn’t mean life stops, it means you keep going and you keep finding that fire within to keep pushing and moving along. There is so much in life to enjoy and experience, so don’t let MS stand in your way. Break through that barrier and do what you love with the people who love you and support you!
 
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Lyndsay

Lyndsay Wright

Lyndsay Wright is a 28 year old ball of energy who currently resides in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Berkeley College and is currently the marketing manager at the school. Never a dull moment in her life, she was diagnosed with MS in her senior year of high school in 2008. After moving past the initial shock and getting herself back on her feet, Lyndsay became an active member in the MS community. She believes that life is full of such amazing things, and she never wants to see anyone with an MS diagnosis giving up because they think they can’t handle it. At the end of the day, MS isn’t fighting Lyndsay… Lyndsay fights MS.

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  • Philip Siddons   Apr 18, 2019 9:51 PM
    I have written a few articles relative to MS. Here is the latest one and it highlights a resource on constipation. It is at:
    https://connectedness.org/2019/04/multiple-sclerosis-and-constipation-remedies/
    Philip Siddons
    (716) 877-2500
  • Roe Collopy   Apr 19, 2019 3:20 PM
    Perfect write up Lyndsay! You ARE that ball of energy that IS going to inspire the youth and the “old” to be MS Warriors!