Hope is an important aspect of life. You hear about hope in our daily conversations:
“I hope you do well on your exam.”
“I hope they win the game.”
“I hope you have a great day.”
Adding a difficult situation into the mix, like a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), can make hope an even stronger emotion and symbol. In the big picture, we hope for a cure for MS. But we also need hope for the countless, smaller situations in life that can be influenced by MS.
Here are a few of mine…
1. I hope my kids don’t get MS.
2. I hope I can lift my foot over the lip of the shower.
3. I hope to make it to the bathroom next time.
4. I hope there is a place to park in the disabled space.
5. I hope you realize how much I appreciate your patience.
6. I hope I can read the fine print without needing to get my glasses.
7. I hope people understand how thankful I am for their help.
8. I hope the MRI doesn’t show any new activity.
9. I hope I don’t get overheated.
10. I hope you know, this isn’t me — it’s MS.
11. I hope I can stay awake at the movie.
12. I hope they don’t notice the sauce I spilled on my pants.
13. I hope I feel better tomorrow.
14. I hope this scooter has enough power to make it through the store.
15. I hope you don’t mind, but — after a shower and getting dressed — I need a break.
16. I hope my leg doesn’t spasm as I drink this hot cup of tea.
17. I hope no one notices my limp.
18. I hope I can make it to the chair.
19. I hope my fingers let me button this shirt.
20. I hope today is as bright as my spirit.
21. I hope this line goes quickly.
22. I hope I get the refill before my meds run out.
23. I hope you understand.
24. I hope people judge me for what’s inside — not what’s outside.
25. I hope MS noticed that I passed on ice cream and ate more veggies.
What hopes do you hold? Here’s hoping for the best!