“disease manifests and persists in direct relation to the quality of your inner landscape. the thing to understand is that the thought of dealing with disease, no disease, diminishing–fading–healing disease is in essence no different than the thoughts of disease and death themselves. you need to remove the concept of disease, as much as you are able, completely from your inner and outer landscape, thoughts, emotions, actions, and environment. don’t talk about it, think about it, write about it, join groups that worry about it. don’t concern yourself with it and all its endless hows, instead all your attention can go to living the life that you want, disease free, where you wouldn’t even need to be thinking and talking about it because it is not a part of your life.”
This is a quote from a comment posted on a recent entry that I have been really thinking about. My disease came when I wasn’t thinking about it. I wasn’t thinking about it, talking about it or worrying about it and it was still there doing damage.
I think ignoring or forgetting about disease borders on irresponsible. I have talked to people with MS who do just that…they ignore it. They ignore it and don’t treat it. It’s like an alcoholic diagnosed with liver disease who continues to drink or a smoker with lung cancer who still smokes. The disease does not go away. In fact, with MS the statistics are grim. Left untreated, there is a 50% chance that relapsing remitting MS will turn to secondary progressive MS in ten years. There is a 90-95% chance that it will progress after 25 years. I am unwilling to accept those numbers when I know I can make changes by addressing the problem. If I have had MS for 10 years then my chances of being healthy in 15 more years are not good without attention to this disease and action to reverse it.
See this post Why Avonex? #10 to understand why I am not willing to ignore or forget that I am fighting MS. I will continue to think about it, talk about it, join groups to learn more about how to fight it and always keep writing about it.
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