4 Upsides to my Multiple Sclerosis

I have had MS for 10 years and have moved from the Relapsing-Remitting form to a Progressive form. No two ways about it: MS sucks stinky anus. But it has also taught me s few things...
  1. 1.
    Patience
    I don't move fast. At all. This morning I made a yogurt parfait for breakfast in the rapid time of 45 minutes - and I didn't even have to milk the cow. Getting dressed takes me 45; brushing my teeth for 2 minutes takes 10. I have learned patience because I have to, but it's been a blessing. You don't realize how needlessly fast-paced our world is until you can't be fast. I'm more relaxed as a result.
  2. 2.
    How to ask for help
    I don't always want to, but I'm no longer embarrassed by it. I can either get frustrated & delayed by a task and waste energy, or ask for help and actually be more independent as a result. Guess what I choose more often these days?
  3. 3.
    How much people really help each other
    Opening doors, offering to carry things, asking if I need help, making space for my scooter, ensuring my comfort or safety... The number of times strangers go out of their way for me is, frankly, astonishing.
  4. 4.
    How to deal with embarrassment - and that embarrassment is all what you make of it.
    I've wet myself in public. I've had major fecal accidents that required lots of help to clean up. I've fallen in public and while completely naked (not at the same time). It happens; I dealt. Would I prefer none of those events occurred? Of course. But once you've pissed yourself in public, you realize that, honestly, no one really cares.