Posted by: sistermom1 | May 2, 2020

MS in the Time of Covid-19

It is an unusual time.

During the seven weeks of this pandemic so far, I have spent time reading and listening to many wisdom teachers including Daisaku Ikeda, Eckhardt Tolle, Shefali Tsabary, Brene Brown, Byron Katie and many others. My lessons have included much that I value, including what this time has shown me so far about the life that I had built, and how much needed to be changed.

This pandemic has made many things crystal clear to me – including what I truly needed to shift. In the past, much of my energy was spent on chasing after things like the right jobs/titles, luxury items, designer shoes, money, and the appearance of accomplishment. I thank my husband for supporting my choices, even when they required him taking the kids full-time — even after my 2005 MS diagnosis. So much ended up changing about my life pretty quickly. By 2007 I had to let go of many things, including a job that I loved but no longer had energy for (too much travelling…), and I began needing a wheelchair 100% of the time.

My pursuit of many external things over the years taught me a great deal, but this pandemic has brought many of those lessons back into focus for me. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed spending time with the kids (now 23 and 20!) and my husband (25 years together!), playing board games, cooking, and spending time outside. Even chatting with our neighbors while social distancing in the cul-de-sac was enjoyable.

This challenge has shown me how things have changed.   And how much I needed to remember about what is important before I am too old to enjoy it. And I didn’t have to pay a terrible price to learn it, thank goodness.

Can you thank a pandemic?





  1. I think you answered your own question — and I would also say YES you can thank a pandemic. Look at what you’ve rediscovered, especially about being with your family. What a gift — they both went off to college and now you get a surprise time to be with them and enjoy every moment. It really is a wonderful time for reflection and to possibly do what one never has time for. And, Linda, some of the new research by Dr. Joe Dispenza, Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden are all about being able to dictate how our genes express themselves. Very exciting stuff, especially having to do with illnesses such as MS. Who knows what miracles are possible. AND, oddly enough, or perhaps, very seredipitous, the Hay House Summit, part 2 just launched and all those three guys have sessions here. Learning that our thoughts and feelings dictate it all, is pretty empowering. I think you might find it interesting.
    And, I learned how to reply on your word press site. I’m psyched!
    Stay happy and hopeful…..

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