Scream, cry, kick, yell—do whatever you need to do. Then, take a deep breath and work towards accepting your diagnosis. It’s the only way you can begin the healing process, in more ways than one.
As the saying goes, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” The longer you spend fighting your diagnosis, the more energy you’ve wasted. That’s energy that could be spent on more positive efforts. Acceptance is key to moving forward and making progress. It’s a process that takes time, but if you set some goals for yourself, it might help keep you motivated and energized. Imagine a day where you can say the following:
- MS is not the focus of my life.
- Sure, I feel sad, angry and disappointed now and then. But that’s not my emotional M.O.
- I’m an optimist, what can I say? But yes, I know things could get challenging. Bring it on.
- I know my body and what it can handle in this moment. If something changes, then I’ll change. It’s as simple as that.
- Hey future! You don’t scare me anymore. So there.
- I look goooood. I look really good.
- There isn’t anything I would do to jeopardize my health. So don’t even tempt me.
- MS, you are one big pain in the butt. But it’s not all your fault. Life happens.