Curbing fears about multiple sclerosis.
Fear of the future will likely rear its ugly head more often than you’d like when you have multiple sclerosis or any serious chronic disease. It can be difficult to keep your mind from wandering to a very dark place.
Worries about how fast your disease is progressing, the extent of your disability, and how to take care of yourself will always be with you, even if they’re not the first thing you think about every day. And while reminding yourself to stay positive is very important, negative thoughts have a way of worming themselves into our mind.
Everyone’s MS is unique, with the disease affecting each of us differently. I have discovered that my fears have no use in my life because no one knows what the future holds.
In his first inaugural speech, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “… the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These are such true words. The future is unknown and there are no benefits to being fearful about it. But sometimes that is easier said than done.
When we are fearful, it is inevitable that we worry. And worrying brings stress, which has been found by many to be highly detrimental to our MS. So it is in our best interest to try to curb our fears.
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