Volunteering Despite Disabilities

20160127_141751Years ago I unconsciously believed being disabled meant that I was sick and couldn’t participate in regular activities of life. I was wrong. I’m so glad that I realized that and began living life again.

Volunteering is one of the ways I give back to my community. As a member of the EMS I am able to be on-call since I am home most of the time. If I am not well when a call comes in, I simply can’t go. Quilting for charities allows me to work independently to meet the needs of others. Blogging about multiple sclerosis, serving on a board, helping my family with paperwork, being the person always by a phone as a contact for those with busy schedules, taking on small tasks for groups I have membership in, are all ways I can utilize my time effectively for others and give myself a little boost knowing I am still contributing to society.

About the Author

Melissa Cook
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.