Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An unusual anniversary.

There are a lot of different kinds of anniversaries. There are wedding anniversaries, birthdays anniversaries, the anniversary of the passing of a loved one, and on and on.

The date of March 5th is the anniversary of my diagnosis with MS. It is the date that my life, and the life of my family and many of our friends was forever changed.  Although some of the changes have been quite dramatic, they are not all bad. In fact many of the changes have been quite positive and that makes it an anniversary worth celebrating.

Occasionally we will hear about someone who contracts a disease or has an incident which forever changes their lives and their response will be “that their lives today are much better because of what happened to them”.

Many years ago Kirk Douglas had a stroke and then wrote a book called “Stroke Of Luck”.  After his accident Christopher Reeves wrote a book titled “Nothing Is Impossible” and Michael J. Fox's first book was titled “Lucky Man”. All of them suggest that the events in their lives forever changed their perspectives for good.

There is the man with no arms or legs who paints by attaching a brush to a holder attached to his head and he feels lucky. There are children who are dying who feel extremely grateful for all of the privileges that they have enjoyed in their short lives. There are poor people living in the worst of conditions who feel extremely fortunate to be living how and where they are. They feel as rich as kings because they have their health and family surrounding them.

There are scores of speakers who are using their choices about how they live with their disabilities to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest. One of my favorite quotes is from a gentleman who lives with cerebral palsy who challenges his audiences by asking “I know what's wrong with me. What's wrong with you?”.

What I have learned is that living with a disability, or with whatever challenges come our way, is an opportunity for us to make choices. We can choose to be grateful for all that we do have or we can focus on what we do not or no longer have.

The people I mentioned all made positive choices. That is why they inspire us. Ordinary people who make positive choices also inspire us by their decision to be grateful, to feel lucky and inspired about the opportunities available to them with every life experience.

Today is my 13th anniversary. Today I feel grateful for what I have learned from living with a disability. It has truly been an opportunity.

Today I make a difference in the world by being active with the National MS Society and raising money to find a cure. You can make a difference too by clicking here and supporting us and joining us. It would be the best anniversary present that you could give me.

Click here to join the team or donate now. Thank you!

Participate. Make a difference. Live a life that matters.


  1. Replies
    1. How nice to hear from you. I hope that you are staying at least somewhat warm in that frozen wasteland of yours. It has been down in the 60s here and I have been having to wear a sweater when I go out. Is it the same for you? Best wishes and I hope and trust that you are doing great. Michael