Kelly shares what she has learned about herself since her MS diagnosis.
When I think back to how I would think of myself as this very strong and feisty, you know red hair freckle-faced kind of a person, I think having MS has really brought that out in me.
Those characteristics of constantly having to figure out where my strength is coming from and really pick yourself up, you know, pick yourself up by the bootstraps and just keeping going.
People say, “Gosh, you look good. You are moving around.”
I think you know what, 15 years later I am walking. I am still walking, mostly walking.
Why am I doing that? Why am I still mostly walking? Well, I think my attitude has a lot to do with it and that attitude is one of strength and stubbornness and the other part of it that’s really invaluable, which I have, I have always known it was there but I never really knew to what extent is being flexible,.
Being able to kind of figure it out, just go along with it, and that’s kind of what I have to do because there are some days where my legs are not working and so guess what, today is a great day to read my cook book and to really imagine what that meal would be like if I could cook it, could make it today.
Well, maybe tomorrow will be a better day and maybe I will be able to make it tomorrow. Well, if I hadn’t read the recipe and imagine making it, maybe I couldn’t but tomorrow I will.
And that’s how this disease is. One day might be a bad day, the next day might be better, and just be able to be resilient enough to let the bad day pass and be prepared to embrace the good day.
And I don’t know if I really realized how resilient I was and how able to do that but I do it every day.