Is it worth it?

By Lauren Kovacs

I am a big introvert. I think I am allergic to people. It is more drama and there is always drama. I hate drama. MS gives us enough drama, so I don’t need more. “Full up dude. Move on. Nothing to see here.”

With that being said, we still need human interaction. Build relationships with substance. Learn to hone in on that vibe. Tune into the valued relationship channel. If this is not natural for you, it can be learned.

I once did not listen to that station concerning someone. I gave them the benefit of the doubt. I was chastising myself for being too hard on people. I opened my gate and didn’t pay attention. Bad idea. Let’s just say that not everyone out-grows being mean.

MSers cannot afford to just ignore signs or vibes you would normally see before you jump into the shark tank. There are sharp teeth in the tank of life. Some people know no other way then to eat you alive. 

When you come across a treasured relationship, keep it. It is a rare gem. Family doesn’t automatically mean you are in possession of a rare gem. You have to test it and put feelers out. Go slow.

Sad to say, but a lot of folks will never understand. MS is tough to contemplate even for those of us living with it. MS is full of surprises.  Study your relationships. What is their value?

Our efforts are worth a lot. Are the receivers worth your efforts? In a valued or important relationship choose  wisely. Observation and your gut feeling often play a role in valued relationships. Choose wisely.

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Comments

  • Robert H Campana, Sr says:

    I havw been living with MS for 38 years . About 15-18 years ago my neurologist put me on 10,000 iu of vitamin d per day to treat my MS..
    I just read a report that said large doses of vitamin d can cause damage to the Mylar in the brain. I am now under the care of a new neurologist. should I ask him if is time to get off of the vitamin treatment and go with traditional or new MS medication. As of this moment I am still having the following symptoms. Extreme weakness, severe balance problemsn, can walk only using a walker,as well as the usual MS problem.

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    • Angel Blair says:

      Hi Robert, thank you for reaching out to the MSAA. I’m sorry to hear of the symptom challenges you are experiencing. I think it’s a good idea to speak with your new neurologist about treatment and the vitamin D dosing, and what steps to take moving forward for your treatment plan. There are several MS disease modifying therapies available to help reduce MS relapses, slow disability progression, and reduce new MS lesions. Here is some additional information about MS treatment that you can review and discuss with your doctor, https://mymsaa.org/ms-information/treatments/long-term/. Hopefully by working with your neurologist they can help identify an MS treatment plan that is appropriate for you. If you have additional questions we can assist with please email MSQuestions@mymsaa.org. Thank you and take care. Angel, MSAA Client Services Specialist

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