Today is a day of new beginnings and remembering those whose journeys ended. Four years ago, I lost the man who I considered to be my Hero. My amazing Grandfather lost his battle of cancer and went onto his new adventure, in Heaven. No matter what I was going through in life, he was my rock that brought me back to reality. He made me see that no matter what I was dealing with, there was someone else was going through something even worse. He always supported me and gave me so much strength and courage. He was a brave and loving man, that had absolutely no evil in him. He taught me how to always be compassionate and see the good in everyone and always try to have empathy for those suffering.
I feel like today is the perfect day for me to start my new path with Tecfidera. With today being the day I lost my Grandfather, I believe he is still with me through this event. Y’all know that I have been nervous about starting a new medication. I have battled through my fears and taken my first dose this morning. The only thing that has happened since I took the medicine this morning was I had a lot of itching in my arms, but there weren’t any hives. I think it is possible the itching was me being anxious about the medicine and worrying for those being affected by the hurricane. I don’t really think it is an allergic reaction, but I will definitely be mindful throughout the day for anything that might feel like an allergic reaction. But, I won’t borrow trouble and just stay positive!
We all know how difficult it is to live with a chronic illness. There are good days and bad days, but we need to hold onto the good in life. Looking towards the future can be a little scary, but there are good times ahead of all of us. I made the promise 16 years ago to never all MS to control my life and I will always live by that. MS is a part of me but it is not all of me. I am so thankful for my family and all the strength and support they offer me. I don’t know how I would make it through this battle without them. Plus, I have all of you that offer me so much encouragement. I want to thank all of you and my family for everything. I appreciate all of your advice, wisdom and optimism! I hope y’all have a great weekend and enjoy it as much as possible!