Thursday, September 26, 2013

5 Years Strong

Five years ago today I heard the words that would change my life forever.

"You have MS."

That was not what I was expecting.  I was fine.  I was healthy. How could I have MS?!

It all happened so fast.  First symptoms to diagnosis all in less than 48 hours. 

So much has happened in the last five years.  So much has changed.

Some of my closest friends are in my life because of MS.  To think if I hadn't been diagnosed with MS I probably never would have met any of them. That is such a strange thought.

I devote so much of my time to MS. . . fundraising, the walks, the fashion show, the committee meetings. . . what would I do if I wasn't volunteering for MS related events?

I really do believe that everything happens for a reason.  I believe this is the journey I am meant to be on. While I don't always understand why I don't really question it.  If it wasn't MS it would be something else. We all have our hardships, our struggles, our black holes. . .

Do I have bad days?  YES!  Of course I do.  Many of them.  But they are just moments sometimes long moments but moments none the less.  They pass.  I get through them. 

I get through them because I have HOPE.  I have an amazing support system.  I have choices.  Choices like how I'm going to live this life.  Am I going to be sad and depressed and stay at home doing nothing?  Or am I going to everything in my power to raise awareness and a cure?  Yeah the 2nd choice sounds better to me too!

It is hard to reflect on the last five years.  So much has happened yet so much has remained the same.

It is what it is.

It is my new life.

My life with MS.

Here's to five more years. Here's to a cure so I can celebrate the day that would have been my ten year anniversary!

Here I am at each of the Boston MS Walks I've participated in!  That first year (top left photo) I was on steroids as one of my treatments and boy can you tell - look at that chubby face! Ha! Glad that is over!!!




  1. Happy MS-aversary! OK, not REALLY a reason to celebrate, but after reading this post, it almost makes me want to celebrate. It is truly inspiring how you do what you do, and grab this by the balls. So many people can learn something from you, that you can deal with this horrible thing, and still live a fan-freaking-tastic life. Cheers to you, my friend! <3

  2. Yay, congrats Jodi! I'm always amazed at how much you do to raise awareness and give back. You should be so proud!

  3. I'm glad you are so active in raising money for a cure. I hope there's one before your 10th anniversary.

  4. You have overcome so much! And I love how pro-active you are in raising awareness. You're awesome, Jodi!

  5. Here's to the cure! You are so good at bringing MS to the forefront.

  6. You're such a wonderful spokesperson and advocate for MS. Congrats on your outlook and positive spirit! That is something to celebrate. You look fantastic too!

  7. I think you are such a wonderful person <3

  8. Yay! For your attitude and all the awareness you bring to ending MS.

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  10. Ah sorry I somehow deleted my comment haha it said
    Such a beautifully written post Jodi!! We need to have a blate soon!!