MS symptoms: Modifying My Bucket List

BucketListConsidering how my life has changed due to multiple sclerosis and medical disability I thought it was time to revise my bucket list. My husband felt not everything in these lists are bucket list items, however, each is something I would like to do in my life. A few things have been removed from my list, most notably my long-time goal of earning a PhD. I had to accept a second masters degree in 2007 instead of finishing my PhD due to MS. I encourage others to create a bucket list because it defines goals and expectations and brings clarity to what I want to do with my life. For example, I am going to Michigan for a week in October to see the cider mills, fall colors and my childhood stomping grounds.


  1. Hot air ballon show – New Mexico
  2. Michigan apple cider mills & fall colors & childhood stomping grounds
  3. Visit each state in the United States (16 to go)  & most of the providences in Canada (5 to go)
  4. Spend 3 days and nights on white sand beaches in a beach house
  5. Antarctica
  6. St. Andrews Golf Course, Scotland
  7. Photograph the Azores
  8. Camp on the McKenzie River in the Yukon Territory
  9. Stay a week in a cabin on a lake in the Midwest during the fall colors

To Do

  1. Spend one winter season in an active adult living community
  2. Attend Paducah Quilt Show in Kentucky
  3. Attend Red Rock concert in Colorado 
  4. Skydive
  5. Ride breath-taking zip line
  6. Paint on an easel in the mountains


  1. Complete EMT 1, 2 & 3
  2. Publish “Alaska Bush Humor, Bush Life: The Story of Teaching in Rural Alaska for 20 Years”
  3. Write a children’s book based on an experience in my childhood
  4. Learn harmonica
  5. Take an art class on college campus
  6. Learn how to paint well
  7. Help secure funding and organize a senior citizen center in Burlington, Wyoming.

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About the Author

Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.