Learning to Persevere
- by Judy R.
- July 10, 2017
Judy R. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Find out how I learned to look at each day as an opportunity to persevere.
To me, having a relapsing form of MS (RMS) means that I have the opportunity each and every day to persevere. According to the dictionary, the definition of persevere is “to keep on going; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement.”
After my diagnosis, I remember “fast forwarding” in my mind to all the symptoms that I thought would be a part of my life from that point on. At the time, there was a lot more focus, in my mind, on what I could NOT do rather than what I could do. It was overwhelming, and, for a time, I hid behind the diagnosis and stepped back from my life “just in case.” Regardless of the symptoms I was experiencing, I began to realize that staying at home was a lot harder on me than venturing into the outside world.
It became clear to me that, when I get out of the house, I tend to spend less time thinking and worrying. I am able to take a step back and get a new perspective. I allow myself to focus more on others, the experiences I’m having and the memories I’m making. I focus on the things I enjoy doing in life, like traveling with my husband, spending time with my grandchildren and painting. I choose to not hide behind my RMS. I try to give myself the opportunity to persevere, and to me, that is success.
Even if a day out presents difficulty or obstacles, it is still worth it to me to go out and continue to do the things I love, as facing challenges is truly perseverance.
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.