Before an MS diagnosis, many women just assume the exhaustion, brain fog, and clumsiness is just part of being a Mom. Mommy-brain.
It goes on for years.
Then starts to include other symptoms.
And usually gets bad enough that a diagnosis is made.
I find it so ironic that the scars of Motherhood overlap so greatly with those of MS. Yet, with added irony - one of the largest groups of people with MS are young Mothers. They are the "typical" person with MS.
And I think it's harder for Moms to focus on their own health. Their own well-being, and daily happiness. Simply put - it's not easy to overlook those small faces of yours; to not put them first. I think all Moms struggle with this, living with a disease or not.
On this Mother's day weekend, I am going to appreciate all the Moms I know. With MS. Without. Those with a smile on their face, and those fighting a battle they didn't ever think they could conquer.
If you are on Twitter, let's get some action for #MSMoms.
And check around your neighbourhood to support the MS Society's Carnation Campaign. I love that it happens on Mother's Day weekend.