What does invisible illness mean? Invisible Illness are disabilities that are not immediately seen. Illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary), APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) and many others are felt but not seen by outsiders.
Living life with an invisible illness can be extremely frustrating because when something is not seen to the naked eye, people tend to think the condition is being made up and not a real problem. For all of us that battle with one of these invisible illnesses we know how much we feel it, so when anyone questions our illness it can be emotionally draining. I do completely understand that a lot of people have not been well-educated as to what MS is and what it does to the body, so I do my best to explain it to those I have to be around like co-workers. Honestly the only time explaining gets frustrating is when I have explained things is the simplest terms possible and the same person still does not get it and does not even try to understand.
We have all learned the best ways to survive any illness we have been inflicted with and continue to carry on an amazing life. Some would say I live a very dull and boring life because I typically go to work, come home, my husband and I have our TV shows we watch together every night, eat dinner, take care of our fur babies, read, write and that is pretty much all. We do not go out “on the town”, we both prefer to stay in the comfort of our home. When we are able to we like to go on vacations to the beach or the mountains for snowboarding, but we do not have a deep desire to be out constantly doing something. I prefer to not allow any kind of drama and disaster into my peaceful life because all that does is cause stress which leads to further health issues. I am able to survive the MS because of the choices I make in my life. I try to stay calm and positive because to me that is the only way to make it in this world.
There are so many reasons why staying positive is the best way to live life! A positive mind will improve daily interactions with others, makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thoughts and it will bring optimism to your life! Even during the most difficult times in life it really will help to try to find the positive in the situation. I do believe that everything happens for a reason, it is just hard sometimes to figure out the reasons. I hope one reason I have MS is so I can show others that you can live a fulfilling life even while battling an illness!
Yesterday my husband and I went to have lunch with my in-laws, sister-in-law and niece. It was a nice to be able to catch up with family and I was able to show how much I have improved with my flare up. I was in a lot of pain by the end of the visit but I had a good time. I am so thankful for the wonderful family that I married into. There is always great conversations and fun times! While it was great to be around family, I was so happy when we got home so I could change into comfortable clothes and be surrounded by our wonderful fur babies!
I hope y’all are having a nice weekend so far and if you went out shopping you were safe! I can only imagine how crowded the stores are, but I hope it was a good time overall! I always like to rest and not do much house work on Saturday, but on Sunday I will do the fun job of grocery shopping and laundry.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my thoughts of the day! I have been so delighted by how many people I have been able to have great conversations with! I really love getting to know to know y’all! I really hope that I have been able to help y’all with things you are dealing with. I obviously have a lot of experience and knowledge with the struggles of MS but I actually have a lot of knowledge with making it through other strains life throws our way! Please feel free to email me anytime and I will respond as soon as possible! Much love and wishing you lots of comfort! I hope you have a great evening!