Parenting 3 Boys With My MS Diagnosis: What I’ve Learned

By Rafael Mendoza
Updated 2024-03-24 13:31:41 | Published 2023-08-09 14:54:16
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Parenting is already a challenging task, but when you are also living with multiple sclerosis (MS), it becomes even more difficult. MS can cause mobility issues and extreme fatigue, making it hard to keep up with the demands of parenting. The author shares their experience of being diagnosed with MS when their children were young, and the worries and doubts they had about their ability to care for their kids. However, a pivotal moment occurred when their child expressed feelings of abandonment, motivating the author to prioritize their recovery and be there for their children.

What's it like having a parent with MS?

Changing their mindset was key for the author. They refused to doubt themselves and instead focused on being the best mom they could be, despite their MS. They made modifications to their daily routine to accommodate their physical limitations, such as using a chair while cooking or a walker for transportation. They also openly communicated with their children about their condition, using age-appropriate language and reassuring them that there is treatment available for MS. Additionally, the author emphasizes the importance of asking for help when needed and conserving energy to avoid overexertion.

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The author also encourages involving the children in their care, teaching them independence and allowing them to contribute to household chores. By including them in the process, the children develop empathy and gain a better understanding of their parent's condition. Lastly, the author advises parents to live in the present and make the most out of their time with their children, despite the challenges of MS. They advocate for self-care and creating lasting memories with loved ones.

In conclusion, parenting with MS is undoubtedly a difficult task, but with the right mindset, adjustments, and support, it is possible to overcome the challenges and be present for one's children.

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