“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, July 16, 2014



I can never know
how my life would have turned out
if not for MS.

Life has many ifs.
Family, era, and luck
all impress their mark.

All things work for good?
I wonder if that is true.
But I can pretend.


Muffie said...

When I get into the 'what-ifs,' I become sad. I know my life would have been so different if I hadn't gotten MS. However, trying to look on the bright-er side, I met some wonderful fellow MSers on the blogosphere, and for that I can be grateful!

Gail said...

Hi Judy - some days I seem to fel the losses due to MS, friends that could not deal with my illness, and things I once could do easily or at all, and on and on. And then too I think of all that I am blessed with - those friends who have stood by me, my husband and sister, my thrill at the smallest of endeavors - like only needing my cane to walk to the car - or being able to go out to lunch or to a show - and shower and the gratitude for my ability to maintain my own basic hygiene and dignity - still enjoying sexual intimacy - albeit far less limber :-) still, so wonderful and gratifying. Amen.
Love to you

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

The what ifs can drive one crazy!! I know lol it has all worked for me, I reckon

Karen said...

I hope this comment registers Judy. I have commented on all your posts, but they don't seem to have gone through.

Anyway... I think that our lives are determined by fate. If it wasn't MS, it would have been something else.

I think I was "lucky", I had MS for many years before it was diagnosed, so I just kept trudging along the best I could. I just thought(as did some of my doctors) that I was a crazy hypochondriac. How would I have lived my life differently if I had known it was MS? I can't say, but I can say that I'm glad I didn't know. Once it's labelled it is just TOO REAL, and it hits ya right in the face.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Muff, yes, the what-ifs can drive one crazy. Still, I go there sometimes.

Gail, yeah, some days are better than others, but it is always good to do what you suggest, which is to find those things one can be grateful for.

Kim, I'm happy it's all worked for you.

Karen, I am really disappointed that your comments have not gotten through as I always love to hear from you. But, I've even checked my spam file and there's nothing there. Let's hope you broke the pattern.

I, in turn, found out I definitely had MS at a very young age, but what I did with it is I went into full denial, pretending it didn't exist and could live my life without worrying about it. That worked out okay until, well, there was no escaping it. It was there for me and for all the world to see. So no denial, but I do my best to live as full a life as it allows me while it allows me.