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  • Posted February 9, 2013 by
    Ra7
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    Perception is a funny thing....

     
    I hear it all the time, "But You Look So Good". Although I appreciate the compliment, I don't feel good. I have relapsing-remitting MS and most of my symptoms are invisible. I have dizziness, chronic fatigue, pain, muscle spasms, double vision, and other symptoms compliments of the MS. MS doesn't discriminate, it affects all ages, all races, all religions, all ethnicities. It affects family, friends, yourself in ways you can't imagine. When I was first diagnosed in 2001, I was in serious denial. I finally accepted my diagnosis in 2003. God allowed me to continue with my career as a New York State employee up until 2011 when I was no longer able to work. I always kept my faith in tact, and to this day, it is intact. I thank God for everyday he gives me. You can either laugh or cry, or sometimes just do both. I try my best to stay positive, and when I hear, "but you look so good", I try not to take it as an insult. Perception is a funny thing, and you never know what one is going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes. So I take the compliment, and hold my head high, and just smile. My dogs are God sent, and I thank God for them everyday! If you spell God backwards, it spells Dog! I don't think this was a coincidence by no means.

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