The Importance of Setting RRMS Goals

  • by  Mark O.
  •   November 26, 2018

Mark O. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

Each of us living with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is unique. Our goals may differ, and that's OK, but goal-setting can be helpful for everyone, even those who don’t live with a chronic illness. I set goals to help me manage my RRMS and achieve personal milestones along the way.

Setting goals for myself gives me something to look forward to. It creates a challenge, develops my mind, helps me establish and maintain a healthy routine, and gives me a way to measure my individual successes on my journey with RRMS. Following my diagnosis, one of the most important goals I set was to remain positive and to see some kind of light during a difficult time.

When I was first diagnosed with RRMS, I had some challenges playing my guitar. Being a guitar player, I had the will and desire to continue to play, but I knew the journey would be difficult. Among the many goals I set for myself, playing my guitar again was one of them – and high on my list. A positive attitude helped me keep the vision of me physically playing my guitar alive, and in my mind I was playing. I’m proud that today I’m an eight-time champion of the San Antonio Guitar Wars Competition.

My goals give me a sense of purpose. I believe that doing something is better than doing nothing, and being stagnant is not an option for me. Over time, as I successfully reach my goals, I begin to feel more positive about challenges I face. I always stay focused on my goals and if I don’t reach them right away, I just keep trying!

Goals are as varied as people themselves. I’m proud of the goals I’ve set and that I am taking steps to better myself. I know that the steps I take in achieving my goals will also help me achieve other accomplishments.  I also always remember to give myself a pat on the back as I've made the healthy decision to set various goals. Whether they are big or small, I feel that in creating goals, I am creating a better me! 

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Mark O.

RRMS Patient

COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.

See Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information for Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate Injection).

COP-45291 June 2018
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  • David Fagliano | December 06, 2018
    Every morning is a battle.....been diagnosed for over twenty years and hard to be positive when everything around you is a challenge. Never questioned myself or my abilities but now I do
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | December 07, 2018
      We understand living with MS adds extra challenges to life, David. We’re so glad you’re here and hope you find helpful support.
  • Peggy | March 19, 2019
    Diagnosed with RRMS at the age of 16, I don't have a lot of memories that don't include being conscious of possible adjustments that might have to be made. I'll turn 65 the end of this month. The biggest lesson I've learned is that attitude is the key to success. I may have MS, but it never had me. How I accomplish a goal may be different than most, but that's because I'm unique!
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | March 20, 2019
      It sounds like you found something that works for you, Peggy. Kudos for your efforts! Please keep us posted and be sure to check back for more tips from the community.