Often when I meet someone newly diagnosed with MS they feel isolated, vulnerable and confused. And that’s just the beginning.
But I have also seen encouragement, validation and strength when they feel like they are a part of something. It is in these moments I often hear “I have MS but MS doesn’t have me.”
My diagnosis over 18 years ago initially left me feeling scared and depressed. I envisioned a frightening future of disability. Being a burden to my family. Unable to do the things I wanted in life.
Little did I know that two years later I would be running the Boston Marathon and four years later climbing Denali in Alaska. This was entirely because I wanted to push back at my diagnosis. Even as I write these words I am concerned that someone reading this is saying, “That’s great, but I can’t do that.”
There is so much you CAN do. It all starts with that first step.
This is why I need your help…. If you have recently been diagnosed or have a friend, relative or colleague who just found out they have MS…it’s time to get support. Let’s build the community we have been craving whereby we help support each other through our diagnosis and beyond!
If you have MS I want to hear your story! Help this grow by adding your own story in the comments below.
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The view from the top is incredible. Climb On!
Author, Speaker, and Life Adventurer
Founder of the Climb On! Foundation