Hello World: Me and My Summer Memories By Kimberly, Texas Gal, Born and Raised • December 2, 2016
What’s been going on this year, you ask? Well, the past few months have been a whirlwind, but I must say the summer was definitely the highlight of my year—and I want to share my experiences with you, so you can get to know a little more about who I am.
For starters, like every summer, I was a joyous mom done with the school year. There was no more waking up at the crack of dawn. No more running to the craft store for last-minute school projects. No more PTA meetings. No more carpool line mishaps. Apparently, there really is a reason they don’t want you on your cell phone when in the carpool line. Who knew? More importantly, no more frantic googling math so I could appear smarter than my sixth grader. The math struggle is real. So, so real.
I was able to sleep late and spend precious time with family—and of course, we had a few family BBQs! More importantly, my kids had an awesome time outdoors running around, climbing trees, riding horses, chasing one another on go carts, and just being kids. We also had big plans for our home. After a year of planning, our house was finally done. We moved there early in the summer, and I was so looking forward to everyone having their own space. My parents were gracious to let us stay with them while our house was being built. However, about ten years ago, they sold the family home that we grew up in and moved into a home just big enough for them on the lake. So to say living in my parents’ home with my three kids, husband, and our large German shepherd was a little “cozy” would be an understatement.
On a positive note, we made some really good family memories. Don’t tell my parents, but I kinda miss living with them. It was nice to have family dinners and Saturday brunches. Sadly, I am not sure my dad was that broken up to see us leave. I’m pretty sure he was ready to have his TV back. He is not much of a gamer. Gaming isn’t really his thing.
And throughout the rest of the year, I’ve tried to make a difference in people’s lives—and starting this summer I did! I found myself traveling and sharing my LEMTRADA story with others, and I still do today. Wow! That experience, hmmm, I don’t think I can write about it without tearing up. This opportunity means so much to me. I was diagnosed as a 19-year-old college sophomore. Oh, and I am not 19 anymore, HA! I will say I was a happy-go-lucky 19-year-old, until I heard my diagnosis:
“You have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.” Hearing those words from the neurologist and feeling devastating shock is an understatement. I was hysterical and numb, and somehow, even after hearing those words, I went back to college and graduated. However, I told very few people I had MS. I felt so alone, and I was extremely scared about what the future would hold for me.
That is why I am completely humbled to go and speak to different people who have MS and share my journey. And that’s what I plan on doing in all my future posts.
- LIVING WITH RELAPSING MS
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