How to be Superwoman
It can be frustrating having MS. Hey, don't beat around the bush Wednesday...it is frustrating having MS. One of the things I find worst is seeing my friends (or former friends, in some cases) running around, living normal lives, complaining about how busy and tired they are, with absolutely no idea of how bl**dy lucky they are...
Having MS doesn't mean your life ends though. You just have to rearrange your priorities a bit. Far and away the most disabling thing of all this for me is fatigue. So I've learned that if I have something coming up - particularly something important, a party or a night out - I have to clear the day before as much as possible so I can rest. At first I felt guilty about resting. Bad Wednesday, don't feel guilty - you have a major chronic illness, and are doing what you can to live with it.
I'm a full-time university student. Starting that was a big step - I honestly didn't know if I'd be able to do it, physically. I've had to take some time off sick (every so often my body says woaahhhhh!) and I'm lucky that my university is amazingly supportive...but you know what? I'm doing it! I have to be careful not to get over-tired, but I've managed to finish the first year and I believe that I'll finish the whole degree.
Living with MS is a juggling act. We have all the balls in the air - family, work, studies, social life, health. It's just a bit harder for us to keep them all there than it is for Ms Normal. But hey, who wants to be normal anyway? ;-)