“To honor the unsung heroes who support and make a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), MSWorld and Biogen are introducing #MySupportHero. For MS Awareness Month in March, we’re going to celebrate and thank those individuals or groups who help people rise Above MS.” ~MSWorld, Biogen
I’ve written about many people who make a difference in my life but never solely about my #1 unsung hero. This post is to honor him:
I would not be who I am today without the most important unsung hero in my life, my husband of 27 years, Gary. He’s always at my side, ready to be my legs, arms, brains and heart whenever I need him, without hesitation or complaint. When people tell me I look good for having MS I want to tell them that without my husband I would not have survived the journey as well as I did. As corny as it sounds he has been, and still is, the wind beneath my wings.
It was soon after we met in 1985 that my body began to fail me. Falling down in public and sleeping ’round the clock is not typical of a 28 year old. So when my diagnosis came soon after our engagement I gave him the opportunity to break if off, knowing that my future was now an uncertain one.
I loved him enough to let him go. His response was that a life without me was no life at all.
When MS comes knocking on my door, as it does so often, it knocks on both of our doors. We’re a team, perfectly synchronized, and when something happens to one of us it happens to us both.
From exacerbation to exacerbation I’ve leaned on him in more ways than I can say, and he’s always there to catch me. He alone knows what it’s like for me to live with this invisible disease. He is my greatest advocate, my constant protector and the one who reminds me to stay active, eat right, stay positive and live well.
He understands when I’m forced to cancel plans and never expects me to be more than I am. I don’t know what I would have done without him. I never want to find out.
He is the best part of me and no matter what MS throws my way he reminds me that we are a team, that I’m never alone, and that no matter what happens everything will fall into place.
The best thing I ever did in my life was asking him out on our first date. The rest, as they say, is history. I am blessed and grateful to be married to such a man. Who could ask for anything more?
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