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How My Disability Made Me a Better Person

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The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation is once again asking everyone to share their thoughts about MS on World MS Day (May 28). This annual campaign gives everyone a voice to raising awareness about MS. Join others worldwide by going to the World MS Day 2014 website to add your voice.

Who would I be if I never had MS?

I'd be a woman playing tennis with her husband every weekend,

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and running marathons to raise money for charity.

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I'd be working full-time at a job that I love,

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with no need for a daily nap.

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I'd be scaling the highest mountains with the full use of my legs,

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while discovering the beauty of our world without worry of DISability.

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I'd be more productive each day,

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and stay out late some nights without having to excuse myself early.

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But I do have MS. I am a woman living with a disability. I've made peace with that a long time ago. And making peace with it allows me to focus on what I CAN do, rather than what I CAN'T.

I have many blessings in my life. It is a rich and full life with my beloved family,

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my work,

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and my dear friends who live both far and near.

I am a lucky, lucky girl and have so much to be grateful for.

If I never received my diagnosis, I never would have met the people whose paths have crossed mine for guidance, support or friendship, both on and offline.

I would have missed out on the joy and grace of knowing so many amazing people who put caring and compassion first, and live each day with courage and dignity. I speak to hundreds of people every day through my writing and advocacy work, who teach me by their example the true meaning of inner strength and grace.

I believe my life is exactly the way it was meant to be. Without my disability, I would not have arrived at the place I am today. I feel blessed that the circuitous route which brought me into midlife has taught me that being disabled means I can pay it forward within my ABILITIES.

Would you be the same without a life-changing event that happened in your life?

Photos courtesy of Pixabay and Cathy Chester