Chronicles of Life with Multiple Sclerosis
"I love waiting on hold with Social Security!"
-said no one ever
Stigma can stunt recovery. People can feel forced to internalize their issues and stay quiet about them because they are afraid of being judged. Let’s fight the stigma so that more people feel comfortable speaking out and getting treatment.
HOLIDAY SUPPORT GROUPS:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day
11AM Pacific Time, 10AM Mountain time, 9AM Central time, 8AM Eastern time
The call number is 1-800-977-8002
and the participant code you will be asked to enter is 5429554#.
These Call-in Support Groups are for anyone who needs to hear an encouraging word during these stressful times.
More Info on the Support Group Page.
" I was misdiagnosed with lupus for years before the doctors figured out it was really MS."
Having a bit of an anxiety attack about my ssi review tomorrow morning. Should be asleep since the call could come anytime between 8am and 12:45pm but couldn’t sleep. Decided to look through my pictures on flickr and found a set of Zoya pics I hadn’t seen in a while.
Here’s a picture of young zoya, before she started hating her baths, and was still small enough to sit in my hand comfortably. She didn’t seem so tiny then but looking at her now, sleeping in her terrarium, she’s grown so much :)
Anyway, Just thought I’d share this picture. It filled me with so much love and calmed me down enough I think I may get to sleep soon. People question the power of non traditional support animals, but this is one of many examples from my life that shows how impactful she is on my overall wellbeing. How she helps get me through stress, sadness, bad health days, gives me a reason to get up in the morning, keeps me motivated.
These are random thoughts now, but hopefully soon to be a well written argument in support of animals for those with chronic illnesses.
So tomorrow I have my first SSI re-qualification interview in which I have to prove to a stranger that a miracle hasn’t occurred, no one has found a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and I still have no income, am in incredible debt and haven’t won the lottery. WOO! Then I get to do it all again next Tuesday!
And of course they picked the day I have two doctors appointments to go to immediately after, both of which stress me out… I mean.. why worry about things like that when interviewing the chronically ill, disabled people on your list.