So Can I!!
I was surfing the web last night and came across an old Heart and Soul article. It can be found here: http://heartandsoul.com/heartandsoul/2008/08/multiple-sclerosis-michelle-ob-1.html It stated that Michelle Obama’s father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early thirties. Fraser Robinson was a huge inspiration to his daughter and she accredits much of her strong spirit to her father. The first lady of this great country has not said much about her father’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. The article doesn’t go into detail about the diagnosis but it is a good read for those who want to know more about it. Being that it is a private health issue I really do not blame her. Let the woman live her busy and critically acclaimed life. If and when she feels like she wants to talk about it she will.
I can speak for myself… I know the struggle. Like many others who have been diagnosed with this unpredictable disease I am aware of the symptoms. I know how it makes you feel spiritually and physically. However, this may seem strange to some… but MS has done so much for me positively… I see the purpose in it. I know the girl I was before diagnosis and I am a better woman today because of it. I am not better because of the physical aspect but of how close it got me to God. I learned alot. There is a lot I need to say about scars. I have a story that I can share that just may help someone.
Of course I have days when my legs don’t want to listen to my brain. I have times when I am tired and exhausted beyond words. However… something is so strong in my life. The message of remission – both physically and spiritually… is embedded in my character now. I know the impact of my scars.. I know that even though I have scars I am still healed. In fact scars indicate healing.
So… if Fraser Robinson can raise such an incredible woman as Michelle Robinson Obama… I can continue to raise my daughters and be the rolemodel they need. I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future…
There are other celebrities affected by this disease –
the late great Richard Pryor
the late diva Lena Horne
the talented R&B singer Tamia
the late incredible Lola Folana
**Those women were the reason I comically said in the beginning that MS stood for MAD SEXY and MAD SEXY women redefine MS**
There are many many more that didn’t let this unpredictable and “incurable” disease stop them… why should I? Why should anyone be stopped by their scars? Let’s use them to impact the world! I plan to!
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