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When MS Gets in the Way of Your Plans

July 7, 2016

You got tickets to see your favorite artist live and you’ve been waiting for this concert for months, but then it hits you; your multiple sclerosis symptoms. This is one of many unfortunate situations that involves the poorly timed appearance of your symptoms whether it be extreme fatigue, dizziness or joint problems. You can’t ignore these symptoms for long as they will begin to take a toll on your body, even though the unpredictability is extremely frustrating.

Of course you want to live life as normally as possible, this includes going to events and celebrations with friends and family, but your MS may act up at the most inconvenient times. It is important that your friends understand what you’re going through. While they cannot completely understand, you don’t have to feel as if you’re letting them down. If you can’t make it out to lunch as you planned the week before, it isn’t by any means your fault and good friends know that.

The events you anticipate attending like a concert or a trip might be interrupted by your chronic illness and you will get frustrated and disappointed that you won’t be able to make it. You have to become an extremely flexible person in this case; have a backup plan or some kind of rain check for your brunch date with a friend. If you avoid setting solid plans and embrace spontaneity when you’re experiencing a good day, you will find yourself happier and enjoying life in a different way. 

Acceptance on the other hand is the most important thing to recognize in cases like these. While accepting is tough, you must face the fact that the situation is horrible but you have to live with it. You may miss your own events and holidays but there will be more to come around the corner and you will experience it while feeling well, without horrible MS symptoms at some point in the future.