By Doug Ankerman
Work may define us but it is our hobbies that makes us unique.
Hobbies give you zest. Give you fire. They put a sparkle in your eye.
A hobby is what makes you – YOU.
So don’t let anything, like the dreaded ick we call multiple sclerosis, take your hobbies away from you.
MS is no reason to give up an activity you love. Accommodations can be made so you may continue doing what you want to do.
Like to paint but can’t hold a brush? Don’t let that stop you. There are dozens of computer programs that allow you to create (and no messy clean-up!).
Like to dance but can’t stand? Take a chair onto the dance floor, plop down & shake your bootie, dammit. Believe me, you’ll have more dance partners than you can handle as others will gravitate to your spunk.
Like to garden? Get down & get dirty. I can’t walk in grass & mulch either, so I crawl through the flowerbeds slow as an earthworm. A garden gnome with filthy knees.
My point is, you can do whatever you want…by planning. Come to terms with your MS by saying “We’re gonna do it within reason, and this is how.” Then do it.
Here are a few of my favorite daily activities…