Today is World MS Day
And this year’s theme is #bringinguscloser.
A bad diagnosis can mean depression. If can mean loneliness. If can mean a change or loss of friendships as priorities change. Something I never anticipated when I was diagnosed almost three years ago was just how close I became with my best friends and loved ones. I never anticipated how many new friends I would make and how close we would become without even meeting in person! For those of us with MS and those who have a loved one living with MS, there is this special connection we share. We can love one another, encourage, cheerlead, and lift each other up. If one of us succeeds, we all get to share in that victory together.
I pray every single day for a cure for this disease and that no one else I love ever receives that diagnosis. But, I’m so thankful at how God uses all things for our good. Even MS. Without that diagnosis, I would never have known what it meant to really live and to thrive. I wouldn’t have made new friends or found out who my truest friends were. I wouldn’t have been able to put things into perspective the way I have now. My marriage wouldn’t be as awesome as it is now and I would be taking things for granted like I used. So, thanks MS for “bringing us closer”.