(the latter is still very much a work in progress).
But today, I take a moment to reflect.
Five years ago my life was changed. Altered not because I wanted it to. Not because I had achieved a goal or won an award. But because I was handed a diagnosis that would challenge every ounce of who I thought I was.
Every idea that crept through my brain. Every expectation for my future.
It was a lot to accept that day, and sometimes still is.
But I have resolved that I am okay. I can do this. I can still live and love and carry on.
I know that MS will still bring many challenges. Many tears. Many worries. But I also recognize that living with MS has made me an emotionally stronger person, a more assertive person. And, perhaps most importantly, a more thankful person.
So, each year, on this MS-iversary of mine, I think about the day my future changed. I think about what it has enabled me to do, and I remind myself that I can celebrate all that I have overcome.