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I think it was Mark Twain who wrote, “I wouldn't belong to a club that would have me as a member.” I don't really think of MS as a club, but it kind of opens my thoughts for today. I once thought of my time in the Coast Guard not unlike that statement. I recall remarking once that it forced me to spend time and become friends with a whole group of people with whom I would likely not otherwise have associated. Maybe I should say it allowed rather than forced.
MS has done that for me as well. I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful (and, yes, a few not so wonderful) people due to my illness. These people inspire me every day, and I derive a new sense of purpose in serving. One such person who falls into that "inspires me" category, is my dear friend, . I encourage you all to link to her story.
I was speaking with Mo last week, and it was one of those quick conversations that end up lasting over an hour. We joked about who was going to have to pay whom for the "therapy" time. Thing is, Mo does get paid for that kind of time…
I was once at a party with an eclectic guest list. I remember a guy saying in a loud voice, “Imagine me, a plumber, talking to a college professor.” That's kind of how I feel about my friendship with Mo. She is one of those people who was at the top of her game when she fell (literally and figuratively) to MS.
Mo was riding in, and favored to win, the women's Tour de France when she lost her sight and crashed in the Pyrenees Mountains. The good news is that she is back on her bike (again, literally and figuratively). Here I am, friends with a world-class athlete!
Unlike many of those we spoke of in my post on positive attitude, Mo isn't disrespectful of the place many of us with MS must reside. She knows that the vast majority of "healthy" people could never do what she did, let alone people living with multiple sclerosis. She simply uses her story to help people find their own greatnesses.
She is also an amazing example of the thought that a healthy body recovers from adversity better than an unhealthy one! She likely wouldn't mind me stating how “healthy” her body looks…
Mo is just one of hundreds of truly wonderful people I feel lucky to have met since my diagnosis over five years ago. I even feel blessed by the regular readers we have here on this site. You make this journey with MS a much more tolerable trip.
Have any of you found new friends in the MS community? Have you, like me, found a new facet in the gem of your life? If there is a silver lining to this cloud (and I AM NOT saying I'm sure there is) it would have to be the people.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.
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