This week is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week. This is the week is to raise awareness about this disease. You may read about this disease here. My friends over at Healthline do a wonderful job of supplying lots of information about Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. It is a chronic condition, as there has not been a cure for it. It is not hereditary. However, a parent, sibling, or child has a significantly higher risk of developing this disease than someone with no relative with MS.
If you have followed me for some time, you already know this story. If you do not, I will try to make a lengthy story short. My Mama found out she had MS in the mid-1980s. We had no idea what was going to happen. It was a long road for her & us. To start with she had some issues with balance & falling. This led her to go to the doctor & after many visits, medicine, & tests, it was determined she had Multiple Sclerosis. She experienced the classic symptoms, fatigue, dizziness, numbness & tingling, pain. bladder problems, & trouble walking. Once she was diagnosed, the doctor researched her medical history. He said she had shown signs of this disease for 20 years. However, as years went by, the MS came to the surface. There are different “kinds” of MS. Her’s was the most severe, as she passed away in 2002. She was a wonderful person. She did so much for everyone. She not only was good to her family, she had lots of friends. That was due to the fact that she loved people. She cared. And people gravitated toward her for some reason. Possibly because she was so kind & sweet. And for the biggest part of her life, she had it all together.
She was bedfast for the last several years of her life. It was a rough time for her. She didn’t like having to depend on others. Most of the time she took it in stride. Sometimes she didn’t. She was so courageous & brave. I just don’t know if I could be the same. I would ask her, how she did it. How she made it through everything that was happening to her. First & foremost she credited the Lord for her care, her salvation, & her destiny. Then, she would always say,
“Just because I have a pain, doesn’t mean I have to be a pain.”
So this week and month I want to honor my Mama.
I hope you decide to wear orange this week or this month for Multiple Sclerosis awareness. Hopefully on day this disease will be history. Until then please support those affected by this disease.
Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. As for me, I have to going because I should be washing clothes.