THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF .... right?
That's a quote by FDR. Is it true?
How many of you felt fear when your symptoms started? How many of you still feel fear? I totally admit to fear!
MS is a scary diagnosis. So is Lupus, RA, Cancer, and a plethora of other health issues. In fact, there is a LOT in mortality that is scary.
But what we choose to do with what is dealt to us, that makes all the difference.
I just listened to a radio broadcast from Ed and Lois Smart, the parents of Elizabeth Smart who, at age 14, was abducted from her home and kept captive by an evil man and woman ... raped daily, and physically and emotionally abused constantly. Can you imagine her fear? Can you imagine her parents' fear?
In the broadcast, they talk about replacing fear with faith and how that made all the difference in their lives.
What does this mean for us?
I love what Ed Smart said: "Things happen in life ... there is so much more to life than one traumatic episode... You can move forward and leave these traumatic events behind."
So here's my challenge to you (and to me):
Lean on your faith. Set aside the trauma in you life, and move forward. Choose peace. Choose to live life fully.