Monday, August 23, 2010

The Many Faces of MS - A Friend's Perspective

I hope you are enjoying this series of The Many Faces of MS. If you haven't read the others you should do that first!

A Mother's Perspective

A Father's Perspective

This week is part three and it is by my friend, Cara. Cara and I met in 2001 working at Riverside Outpatient Center (before I was an official Social Worker but she was). We have stayed good friends through the years and have the "social work connection" aka know what it feels like to work really hard helping others for low pay. Haha! I'm glad we've stayed so close and even though we don't get to see each other as often as we would like when we do we pick up right were we left off!

Cara and Jodi at the 2010 Boston MS Walk

When you first learned I had MS what went through your head?

When I first found out that Jodi had MS, I was in shock..Jodi is such an active and busy person, I was scared that this may change her life forever, in a negative way.

What did you know about MS (if anything)?

I knew a little about stepsister has MS and she is is her 50's and has had it for a long time. I also used to see a client that was wheelchair bound due to her MS and saw her inject the stinger from bee's into her. Therefore, my understanding of MS was complicated, yet I was able to see that there can be variations in the disease and that not everyone who has MS has the same symptoms, some are worse and some are very manageable.

My life has changed in so many ways since I was diagnosed with MS. What about me living with MS has had the greatest impact on you?

The greatest impact on me was when you told me that you had to take shots to help with your MS and also that you seem to have dealt with it very well because I don't think many people may have dealt with it as good as you. You rarely complain about your symptoms and if you do, it is in a humble manner. I feel that you have completely turned around a life-changing illness and turned it into a positive thing by dedicating a lot of your time and efforts to increasing awareness of MS.

How have you dealt with that?

I have dealt with this by reminding myself that what matters most are your friends and family...this is what is most important in life...helping your loved ones out in bad times and being there to make memories in the good times.

Do you think I have changed in any noticeable ways since being diagnosed with MS?

I think you have changed in that you seem to be more conscious of what you need and how to take care of yourself. Before you were diagnosed with MS, I feel that you put a lot of other people before yourself and i think that now this has enabled you to look at being just as good to yourself as you always have been to others in your life.

Thanks Cara. I appreciate you participating and sharing your thoughts and feelings with my blog readers!

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