Pros and Cons to having Multiple Sclerosis

As if anyone could ever imagine there being a pro to having MS, I

“Always look on
the bright side of life,
la la la la la la la la.”

Monty Python reference for those who think I’m a nut job.

Seriously. This is my list of pros and cons. Attention other people with MS who may read this and don’t agree. It’s MY LIST!!!

Here we go:


Sleep whenever I want
without being called lazy.

Don’t have to go running
or do aerobics anymore.

Cleaning is no longer my job.
(Well, it never was but now I
only do it when I am strong enough.)

Handicap tag on the car baby!!!!
(That’s a super, duper, plus.)

No jury duty!

Appreciating that walking is a lot
more important than I ever thought.

Knowing I have limitations.

Sleeping whenever I want!
(I know I said that already but I
really like that one!)


Being tired all the time.

Not being able to run.

Not volunteering at school
because of my compromised
immune system.
(I catch everything.)

Not being amble to stay up late
and get up early feeling okay.

Leg spasms.

Not loving winter or snow anymore.

Sympathetic looks.


Steroids treatments.

Brain fog.

Not singing in my blues band anymore.

Not being able to teach at the school.

Not being able to commit to anything due to inconsistency of disease.
(That means, I never know when I wake
up, how my body will behave.)

Medicine, medicine, medicine.

Being gluten free.
I love bread!
(Not the grainy, sprouty, nutty ones.) White bread!!!

Having to tell my kids that I have no idea how long I will continue to be able to walk.

Dancing! Can’t do it for long
and I love it.

Feeling useless.

Feeling isolated.

Feeling alone.

Feeling trapped inside a body
that is broken.

Feeling old. I’m not old.

Hands going numb while
typing this post.

So, that’s my list.
If you don’t agree, then move along brothers and sisters of MS because I write my truth.

Not yours.

I love my life, most of the time.
I feel sorry for myself some of the time.
I am grateful to God all of the time.

Quotation by Me


About goplayintraffic

My Blog, which began as a mommy blog and turned into a writing website,, is the product of my years of being home with my children and trying to find ways to keep myself sane. I have always had this feeling, coming from a single mother, that I have to contribute financially and that I have to be able to take care of myself and my children. having been married, being a NYC school teacher, having four children, living in Newtown, CT and trying to find a way to get through each day with a smile has always been something I've strived for. My stories, articles and poems will do a lot of things but mostly make you feel. I think that is what is so wonderful about having the ability to write. I have been given the gift of taking my emotions and transferring them to written word. Once that is done, I can share those words with others who may feel better, maybe just for a moment, but better nonetheless having read my words. I am glad you are here and hope you will stay:)
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