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.

Judy R.

RRMS Patient

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  • Marlena | July 14, 2017
    I totally agree . I have a great relationship with my Lord in Heaven that keeps me positive and to persevere through the hard times and to know he has gave me the resources to plug through it. And to get out and go do things with my family and friends makes me feel more normal. But sometimes when I'm feeling bad and having bladder and bowel problems that keeps me home I try to find positive things
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | July 17, 2017
      Thank you for opening up to the community, Marlena. We wish you the best.
  • Thom,as | July 23, 2017
    Please the fact that you have MS but continue to look ahead no longer at the past simply learn to perform situations in another way !! Sorry that you have MS but I was in my early 60,s before I was diagnosed having MS ??


  • Crystle  | July 28, 2017
    I'm 34 years old I was diagnosed 10 days b4 my 30th birthday... I am still having trouble preserving my energy for the good stuff instead I run till I drop.. i need to get better at budgeting any tips???
  • ERNESTINE D. | August 01, 2017
    Thank U Judy R. Your outlook to perserve is music to me. I try daily to remember change in life occurs for a reason. That change (MS) was not what I wanted but it gave me opportunity. I retired with full benefits at a young age (52), exercise more now even through pain, travel as a passenger (I can enjoy the view), but most importantly, gave me five years at home with my Mom before she passed.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 02, 2017
      We appreciate that you took the time to share, Ernestine. Best wishes!
  • Judy | August 08, 2017
    Always need a lift! God is my sunshine without him would be nothing! Praise him for all things! God does not make mistakes !


  • I am glad I came upon this blog. I have MS Support Group. It is a local group not
    National. I am 68 yrsyoung, and have been dealing with MS for 27 years. I walk with cane.My husband is retired for two years. I am glad he is home with me. I do not like being alone, there are too many things I can't do for myself . I hate that, but what am Going
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    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 14, 2017
      We'll be thinking of you, Becky.
  • Rebecca | August 14, 2017
    People cannot believe that I would have a smile when they see me knowing I have MS. I say, why not be happy? The biggest thing I do every year is to bake all kinds of pound cakes, cookies, muffins, pies and snacks for our annual church bazzar. None one can comprehend that I could bake all of this especially with MS. It really is to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty and obstacles.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 15, 2017
      Thank you for giving us a lift with your story, Rebecca!
  • Brenda | August 14, 2017
    Like some of you, Jesus Christ is my power and my strength. I will always persevere. I was diagnosed with MS at about 42 years of age. Now at 57 I walk with a walker most of the time. On weaker days I use a wheel chair, when I'm away from home. Daily thanking God for people encourages me. Finding ways to help and encourage others, keeps depression away from me. I hope this helps some of you.
  • Kelly  | August 15, 2017
    Mariena I completely agree with you if it wasn't for GOD in heaven, I would totally be down & out. But ms has given me new reason to praise him & show how wonderful & miraculous GOD is. By the strength HE gives me everyday, so I may show the world how Great GOD is! Cuz HE knows when I was diagnosed my Dr was far from gentle about it.
  • Frankie Brown | August 25, 2017
    You are right on point . I couldn't of said it any clearer. Your life does not stop, I keep on moving on. I will not let MS or anything else hinder me from doing anything. That as good word!

    Take Care!
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 28, 2017
      We loved reading your story, Frankie. If you want to connect with other patients and Care Partners with MS, we recommend visiting Teva’s Lift MS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/liftms.
  • Margaret | September 26, 2017
    Judy, I am glad that you were able to do this. I was somewhat neurotic, and I was very reclusive for a few years. I found though that I missed being a part of my world. I now travel with my husband, John, to cooler places such as Ireland. I take rests or sleep in later in order to conserve energy. I though feel again a part of my world. I feel some happiness again. I have M.S., but I am alive.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 27, 2017
      Always remember that we are here to give you a lift, Margaret.