Laughing Through the Pain

**I originally posted this on July 24, 2011.

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“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” –Marion C. Garretty

Strength. Grace. Love. Boldness. Kind. Beautiful. Loving. Undeniable. These are some of only a few adjectives I would use to describe my mom. I look at her in awe. My mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, at 39 years old. It was a reality check that I could have lived without. The last 6 years have had their ups and downs, but she handles herself with a grace and strength like no other. We have been able to get through the past 6 years because we stick together as a family and we laugh. My mom reminds me everyday that without humor self-pity would set in and she can’t allow that. We laugh so we don’t cry. Keep On Reading!


Multiple Sclerosis: Awareness

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Multiple Sclerosis: a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. 

I have a personal reason for raising awareness of this disease. My mom was diagnosed with this disease in 2005, at only 39 years old. At the moment there is no cure. I write this in hopes of raising awareness of this terrible disease. Often times diseases, like cancer, get most of the attention. This is well deserved, however, these types of more well-known diseases often eclipse other diseases that are just as important. I have included some links to some great websites about Multiple Sclerosis. I hope you take the time to check them out. I also invite you to share your stories with me if you have a family member with Multiple Sclerosis or if you have it yourself. I am always looking for inspiring stories to inspire our family and my mother, above all. Thanks for your time! Pray for a Cure!!

Links

National MS Society

Find a Local MS Chapter

Multiple Sclerosis Community

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