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How do you determine the quality of life? The title of my post today is really a good question. Have you figured out your quality of life yet? I have done a lot of soul searching in the past 20 years. Some people might say the quality of my life is not so good anymore. I beg to differ. I have friends, family and my son who make me happy! Sure, I’m not out partying and going to ball games like I used to but there is always a silver lining. Not doing those things saves me money and what’s left of the rest of my health.
Those two little letters (MS) always catch my eye even when they’re not related to Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve had some fun times in the past 20 years but not a lot that I can recall right off the top of my head. I realize that there’s always someone worse off than you. Ten high school teachers and students died this past weekend in Texas. Three months ago 17 people died in Florida. I’m now 60 years old. I feel when you’re over 50 anything can happen to people as far as their health.
For the first time in 20 years I truly can say that I accept my disease. I feel everything has happened to me in relation to my MS that can happen. I’ll be just fine. Life is still GOOD! It sure beats being dead but I’ve never been dead so I don’t know. lol I feel there are no surprises left for me. My eyes have been blurry to the extent of blindness, I can’t walk anymore, I’ve lost control of my bladder and bowels, my cognitive thinking is a little askew, I hate heat, I don’t sleep well at night and my MS fatigue is as bad as ever.
The good news is that I still have a good attitude. I think I’m more humble and I think I’m nicer to people. Not that I was ever mean to people but I’m more polite, kind, sympathetic, etc. I’ve always had a burning desire to become wealthy but since I became sicker I now think that differently, too. I just want to earn some money. I’m learning to live life as a disabled man. I’ve always had a great sense of humor but I always thought it was my beer drinking that made me funny. I don’t drink anymore and I realize that I’m still pretty funny! Multiple Sclerosis can take anything it wants but it will never take my attitude, personality or my laughter. To sum it up I’d have to say the quality of my life is still pretty good!