Pink Sparkles with Unicorns – Finding Connection

By Lauren Kovacs

Well here we are forced to be hermits with this virus going around. While embracing our inner hermit is just part of some MSers lives already, it is different when your inner hermit is forced to be a hermit. Having a choice to be a hermit is now not our choice.

In light of this, connections and support are essential. Sanity is imperative. Online or phone connections are all the rage. Face-to-face is no longer acceptable. I think I personally am allergic to people. Social distancing is a habit most of us introverts live, however; I know some thrive on social interaction.

We do social happy hour in our house, after our boys are in bed. Gives me a chance to see others, but watch the back of my eyelids when my pillow calls. Hubby can be social and I can go on my pillow dates on my terms.

Online support groups are a bonus, regardless of being locked down. If you can’t find one, create one. I once created one aimed at specific needs. It ended up being way too specific. Don’t be too specific.

Support is finding a good group of other MSers. Maybe you have something to share that might help others. MS is weird, but that weird thing may have a weird solution that someone else found relief in. Collaboration and such with other MS folks puts a band-aid on the MS booboo.

Just like kids want a band-aid for booboos it won’t help, it gets their mind off the booboo. Connecting with other MS folks can create collaboration. Idea sharing puts a band-aid on MS. Find your band-aid, until there we can slay this monster. My band-aid has pink sparkles with unicorns.

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