It took years before I would realize multiple sclerosis did not just happen to me. It happened to husband, children, parents, sister, extended family, and friends. I read a book with a character who’s spouse had MS and I suddenly saw things from a partner’s perspective. One day my sister-in-law expressed concern about my multiple sclerosis saying, “Your health affects my future too,” I looked at her with a confused look on my face. “Our husband’s will want to spend quite a bit of time together in retirement which means we will be spending time together too. Your health will determine what activities we can do.” The status of MS in my life would affect more than myself and husband. She was right. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t realized this before. MS did not just happen to me, the rippling affects were far reaching. I needed to do everything in my power to maintain my health to assure others were not held back on my account.
About the Author
Melissa Cook is the author of www.MSsymptoms.me. As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.