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Being Human

I don’t ever forget that I have MS, other people do though. I am seen running, hiking and otherwise being active so people assume I am ok. I am not ok, along with the MS I have other health problems. Most people who have autoimmune disorders have other disorders. I also have Reynaud’s, which causes decreased blood flow in my feet and hands. It can be made worse by the cold or even stress. My wife and I picked North Carolina to move to because the cold was too much to handle, while it gets cold here and occasionally snows it is not nearly as bad as back in Pennsylvania.

I’m writing this post during the week that NC has experienced some extreme weather, its cold, icy, and a little snowy, I had to grab socks cause my one big toe was turning white even though it was over 70 degrees in the apartment. I also only managed one run this week because of the ice. I don’t own a treadmill and I don’t feel safe going to gyms yet so I have been focusing on other things.

When you have MS, you never know what your day is going to be like, it can vary so much and plans arenly a thing. I wake up, have to move around a little to see what’s going to happen for the moment not even for the whole day. Having MS has made me really understand what is important and not to be too hard on myself. I like doing housework because I like how I do it. If I have the energy to vacuum, I do but maybe I don’t have the energy to empty the vacuum and put it away, so I ask the wife. Or somedays I just ask her to do it for me. Picking my battles has been an important part of my journey of having MS. Another thing I have resigned myself to is us having a small apartment or home, it’s less to maintain, and not having stairs in my home is always a blessing. So hopefully next week the weather is better and there is more running but this week is what it is.

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