Alexa's MS pain can interrupt her favorite activities, and she's fearful of what the future holds. However, her MS has also shown her what's really important and helped her to be more mindful and not take anything for granted.
I'm Alexa and this is my multiple sclerosis confession. A dramatic experience I've had because of multiple sclerosis was recently, I was hiking with a few friends and we got to about halfway through the hike and my left leg, which is affected by MS, started to kind of give out and fatigue, and stiffen up. So I was in a lot of pain and my friend had to find a walking stick to help me complete the hike because we were still in the middle of the woods.
And it was just a really sad and scary moment for me, where I really felt how much MS was affecting me at the time in a way it hadn't before. What scares me the most about having MS when I think about the future is losing mobility, losing the ability to walk and do the things that I love to do like dance and hike, and just have independence and freedom. And thinking about not having that scares me on a daily basis.
The silver lining of having MS is it kind of pulls into hyperfocus what really matters and what's really important, and not taking things for granted. And just knowing that nothing's guaranteed and nothing's promised. And kind of living more mindfully and being more present and finding more gratitude for the things that I still do have. And the support that I have and the access to really good medical help and resources. So there's a lot of silver linings.
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