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Friday 24 May 2019

POSTING POSITIVE: A DIAGNOSIS AND CHOICES

Posted at 9:08 AM

The Achieve Center would like to introduce a new contributor to our blog, Marcia, who will be providing an adult perspective regarding chronic health challenges.  We welcome Marcia and are honored to post her inspiring message and look forward to her future contribution of Posting Positive.

POSTING POSITIVE

A DIAGNOSIS AND CHOICES

It was just days until Christmas.  Sitting on the edge of the bed staring at the MRI film of my brain, I was contemplating the two golf ball size white spots on the left side of my head.  I imagined my self hospitalized with my hair shaved off undergoing surgery to remove the two tumors staring back at me from the gray film.  Of course, they had to be malignant.

The next day I met with the neurologist to get the news.  No, I did not have brain cancer.  I did have Multiple Sclerosis, MS for short.

Now every time there is a diagnosis of an illness a Pandora’s Box of choices is opened.

I was a single mom working full time as an elementary art teacher, a Den Leader, a chauffer to various sporting events depending upon the season, the household staff, and the maintenance person for the house and yard.  I didn’t have time for MS.

The first choice was a treatment plan.  At the time a monthly injection was $5,000.00.  It turns out my insurance would cover the medications.  I was blessed.  And I had to get over my fear of needles.

The next choice I made was a conscious decision about my relationship with my illness.  I am a person with a full life and identity who happens to have MS.  I was not going to make my MS my identity.

I was not going to give in to the illness.  You can choose to be strong or choose the “pity party”.  Be Positive, POSITIVE Choices, POSITIVE thinking.