I don’t have a cure for MS, but long after my symptoms began, I discovered a way of coping – by bringing a smile to someone’s face and heart. As I will explain later, everyone needs someone who understands.
My symptoms began in 1980, when I suddenly found myself unable to walk from the yard to the house. I didn’t know what was going on, but after it was over, I soon forgot about it. In 1992 I had neck pain and was off-balance. The neurologist told me I had a stroke or MS, but again, I ignored the symptoms. In 1997 my world was coming apart – this time, there was no denying the MS.
I felt as though I was being punished, but now I know that wasn’t true. I believe that there is a reason for everything, and it wasn’t until 2003 I started a scrap book with the first letter I received from family and loved ones thenI keep all of the stamps, cards, and special things on the envelopes. This scrap book shows the love they have for me and the love I have for them. When I am feeling down, all I have to do is look at my book, and this makes me so very happy.Everyone needs someone who understands what he or she is going through. Everyone needs a friend. I hope that I can be that friend and help them in some small way to cope with their MS. I know that doing so certainly helps me.There are stories to tell just ask me.