Five Years in Retrospect—What I've Learned
There's a theme of five going on here lately, as it is now five years since I was diagnosed with RRMS, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't learned anything during that time. In keeping with newly established traditions, I present to you the top five lessons I've absorbed during my time living with the disease:
- First and foremost, your family and friends are everything. I’ve been lucky to have had such love and support from my own through it all, and I am thankful for them each day. Having a solid network of people that care is crucial to your well-being, and absolutely encourages positive thinking.
- Routines are VERY important. Taking opportunities to better my body through diet and exercise goes a long way in how I can function day in and day out. Set goals for yourself. See them through. I cannot stress how important self-care is, in addition to #1 above.
- Give yourself a break. I've always lived my life moving forward, tackling all obstacles as they come, but I've also learned it's important to recognize when it’s time to take a seat and give myself a minute. A wise man once said, "It's not how many times you get knocked down that counts, it's about how many times you get up."
- Stay informed. The rate at which medical advancements are made these days is mind blowing. I’ve made it a personal duty to stay as in the know as I can through even my busiest of times. There are so many resources available across the web, including YouDontKnowJackAboutMS.com, that it makes it simple to read up on what’s going on.
- Don't lose hope. This one sort of goes with #3, but it's important enough to give it its own spot. Seriously. Don't lose hope. There are countless individuals who’ve made it their life’s work to stop this disease in its tracks and countless more raising awareness daily to help them find the solution. You're not alone in this fight and never will be.
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