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world MS day

It happened. Just a couple of weeks ago.

I had my first “MS fall.”

It happened so fast, I couldn’t even process. And it wasn’t until later in the evening — when the full impact of what {literally} went down hit me — that I cried.

I had just gotten a much-needed-toe-painting job done when I decided to take the glamorous paper toweling out from between my toes.

Really, I could’ve handled it myself. But the ever-helpful Jasmine said she’d do it for me.

So I raised a foot to her and the mere seconds following are now somewhat of a blur … except for the large and tender bruise on my right forearm … and my ego.

When I raised my foot, I immediately lost my balance and started going down … fast!

Only it was like slow motion as I grabbed at everything in my path to help break my fall … kinda like when you’re doing the back stroke in mid-air? Out of the water?

That was me.

Until I hit the ground.

Honestly, I’m a bit embarrassed to share this. It’s like admitting something that you just don’t want to be true, you know? Like sometimes it’s better to stay in denial?

But. Being that today is World MS Day, I decided to share my story and continue to raise awareness. Document my journey and share the ups and downs of living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Do you know someone living with MS? Or for that matter — any chronic health disorder? Is there something you could do to reach out and encourage them today? Is there a way you could raise awareness to what they might be suffering with?

Please believe me, a note of encouragement or acknowledgement will go a long way!

{image via world ms day}

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18 Responses to “world MS day”

  1. Southern Gal says:

    I’m sorry you’re having to go through this. Praying for you.
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  2. Barbie says:

    I’m so sorry! I will be praying for you!
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  3. Susan Lesperance says:

    Tracie, thank you for sharing…and providing us insight into MS from your personal point of view. Today I will pray for those who suffer with MS as well as the medical researchers who are working diligently toward finding a cure. I am sorry you fell and hurt yourself…but by getting up and sharing your story, you remind us that much still needs to be done…in comforting a friend with MS and donating time and dollars toward finding a cure. God bless you.

  4. Kristyn says:

    You are so brave! Getting up. and Moving on. I view people in my life differently having you in my life. I no longer jump to an assumption or an immediate reaction based on what I see. I have Bible study friend going through a really difficult season with her MS. Thanks for the prompt to send her an encouraging card today. I’ll continue to pray for an extra dose of strength and balance for you. xoxo

  5. Terry says:

    Tracie, thanks for sharing your story. I have done things like that and have nothing to blame except being clumsy. But again you remind us that just because you look great (really you do) we can’t see what is wrong….hugs…to you!

  6. Beth Hall says:

    I have been dealing with MS for 33 years. I have raised 2 very active boys, one with disabilities. I remember my first MS fall and how embarrassing it was to me, now I have learned it is just a part of my life. Pride is an ugly thing. God has been my Rock through most of my journey and has gotten me through the last 30 years and I believe He will continue to carry me for many more years. God bless you as you go along your journey in live.

  7. Sally says:

    Tracie, thank you for sharing this very personal MS story. You have been living with MS for a long time; but you have not let MS win. You have done your research and been your own health advocate. You have not let the fear of living with MS rule you. Rather, you have used knowledge to rule over the MS. You are an amazing example of an individual who shares her life experiences so that others can learn, grow, and heal. Sending prayers of strength, courage, faith, and hope your way today and always. God bless you.

  8. My brave beautiful friend…know you are loved!! So much. And that I’m praying for you…praying courage, strength, peace, and beauty as you abide with Him each and every day! xoxo
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  9. Jessica says:

    love you and your brave-ness in putting yourself out there and sharing your story. you have taught me so much and have been such an encouragement to me.

    Psalm 119:76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
    according to your promise to your servant.
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  10. Betty Boetcher says:

    Tracie – I pray for you everyday, that these “little” things you see and feel in your body are far and few between. May God be with you and hold you in his arms as you fall, stumble, run and jump. You are my idle – you are so strong – you are raising awareness for MS, and you are an inspiration for everyone who you have touched.

  11. Lindsey says:

    My uncle and aunt both have MS as well. It is such a hard thing to live with. I admire your strength and your courage! Don’t let Satan get you down! :) You seem like a beautiful person inside and out! :)

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