How to balance a social life with multiple sclerosis.
I love getting together with family and friends, volunteering at the golden retriever rescue, attending events and keeping my calendar full. It is fulfilling to make plans, but as many of you with MS know, it is a paradox. The very plans that bring hope and happiness also can bring anxiety and uncertainty.
Most of us with MS have had to cancel plans, some that we truly want to keep and enjoy, but our bodies dictate otherwise. It is disheartening to miss things we would have otherwise enjoyed, and it is frustrating to feel like we have let someone down. It is important to be honest and open with any limitations that arise, in order to help others understand and ease our guilt at letting them down. Be kind to yourself, as our mindset can greatly affect our disease.
It is so important to stay aware of how this potential instability affects you, as it is easy to isolate yourself after repeated failed attempts to keep plans. While we all need days to ourselves, too much alone time can wreak havoc on your emotional stability. If you are having trouble committing to plans, or finding others to spend time with, reach out to your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). There are mentors in your area who understand this conundrum and can help. The NMSS is an incredible resource there to help in a myriad of ways.
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