Although I've had MS since 1994, I was able to pretend I didn't for a very long time. At this point I'm still working on my attitude, trying to see the glass half full instead of half empty...hence my cute little kitty.
I'm beginning to think this will be a life-long process! It's not always easy...I haven't worked since 2/08 and needed to give up a career I loved in a place where I expected to receive compassion, rather than very poor treatment...c'est la vie.
Luckily Life is long!!!
At this point I've found new things in life to add excitement! In addition to my experimenting with cooking, baking, and candy making. (These continue to be both a joy and concern to my husband, who is watching his figure. ) I have become a gardener and the volunteer landscaper for our condo association (it's just three families!). The even bigger news is that I applied and was accepted to a graduate program in theology & ministry. So as of September 2011, I am a part-time graduate student!
Overall I have to say that life is good. I overcame a great deal of early adversity to get an education and had an amazing, even if short-lived, career. I have the most wonderful husband anyone could ever imagine (sorry ladies!). Together we have raised an absolutely amazing son, who recently returned for his second year of college. Although we certainly miss him, it's fun to hear of his grown-up life and adventures! Now we have adjusted fairly well to our new life as "empty nesters." Even though we're always happy to have him when home on break, we have begun to realize that we are probably just as happy when he goes back to school!
So like I said, life is very good.
And on the days which aren't so good, I try to remember as they say in Young Frankenstein, "It could be worse...it could be raining."
P.S. In case you haven't seen the film, here's the relevant clip: