As Thanksgiving approaches, I try to remind myself of all that I am thankful for. I’m thankful for my friends and my family and I’m thankful for my health…as strange as that may be from a person with relapsing-remitting MS. I am thankful for MS because to quote Thoreau “most men lead lives of quiet desperation” and MS has given me perspective on life.

I’ve come a long way since the initial diagnosis seven years ago and it has been quite an introspective journey. I’ve learned not to worry about things out of my control and I’ve learned to value everything. For example, I enjoy jogging, something I used to hate, because I can do it. My legs are working and I can do it. I cherish sunsets, beautiful birds soaring through the skies and every smile that crosses my son’s face because I can see them. My eyes are working and I can do it.

MS has taught me that we make out of life what we choose. We have the power and the strength within us to overcome anything. I do not take anything for granted because you just never know what tomorrow will bring. So thank you MS for giving me that view of life because it is so precious and I intend to enjoy every minute of it.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!