When Life Turns On Its Head

changeLife has a strange way of shaking things up.

Brutal, unexpected and shockingly painful.

A close family member has been taken quite seriously ill and normal life has been suspended.

It might be a cliche to say, but you really do find out just how strong you are when the chips are down.

I’ve been surprised at my inner strength, something I can only attribute to my trials and tribulations through MS.

This last week has been extraordinarily challenging, emotional, cruel and exhausting.

I’ve slept at odd times, eaten junk, had so many cups of coffee, I’ve lost count.

But through it all, life has to go on.

The Teenager has been superb, although my instinct is to protect him. Thankfully, his life is continuing as normal as possible. My family has rallied round and I think we’ve rekindled latent bonds.

I find myself with a whole host of new responsibilities, but we share them. When I feel lonely and lost throughout this, I know I have support.

Of course, MS has been making the most of it all and is up to its usual tricks – more foot drop, more tiredness, walking into walls, falling over my rugs. But for once, I’m dismissing it.

Sometimes – not often – but sometimes, life is bigger than MS.

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10 thoughts on “When Life Turns On Its Head

  1. Christine Mountford says:

    Sorry to hear this news and hope the health issue resolves for your family member soon so your lives can return to something more recognisable. Sending mendy vibes and lots of love xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you so much!!
      It could take a while, but we are all hoping for the best.
      Hoping the flare up goes away before neuro appointment on Friday!

  2. Michael Johnson says:

    We’re here for you, hell, your blog has cheered me up many times.

  3. Kirsty says:

    Fingers crossed for your family member. Difficult times but you have the strength. x

  4. nanette lewis head says:

    So sorry to hear that you have additional concerns.
    Thinking of you and your son and family.Find some space for yourself and don’t be too hard on you.A step at a time even though walking is difficult.I just know you are one stoic character but that doesn’t mean you have to be smiling all the time.A dsay at a time.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you so much!
      It’s funny, I was just saying exactly the same thing to my friend – the only way to deal with this is step by step. If I think about the bigger picture, I think I would crumble!

  5. Share says:

    Life is life…simple but powerful words. I think we who struggle with a life changing disease can process hard times with an inner strength we sometimes didnt know we had hidden away. Stay strong. MS will be always there…its how you live each day which truly shows who you are.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Lovely comment, thank you!
      It has been really weird, where this inner strength has come from. I’m sure if this had happened before MS, I would have collapsed with the strain.

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