Who Are The People With MS
We are you parents, your children, your brothers and
sisters; we are the person down the street; we are that lady or fellow who may
walk a little 'funny' at the grocery store. We are the people that you "tsk,
tsk" over because we might look "too good" to use a handicapped
parking space. We are the folks who may not be able to get out to the Church or
Temple every weekend; we are your peers; we are human beings.
We are the face of Multiple Sclerosis. A face that is
nearly every ethnicity; that comes from nearly every country, that does not
discriminate by social standing or class or financial or educational background
or language or religion. We are both able to walk unassisted and use canes and
walkers and wheelchair users; we jog and swim and partake in sports; we are
housebound, we use scooters; we need respirators. We are everything in between.
We are visually impaired and we are not. We are at every level of physical
Of course, we "look so good" while we're doing
it. We hear that phrase every day of our lives. Sometimes that phrase is meant
as a compliment and sometimes it is meant to hurt or meant to shame us into
doing something of which we may not be currently capable. We may be able to do
that something tomorrow, though, or next week; Multiple Sclerosis is like that.
We are like that.
Some of us are hearing impaired; yet all of us occasionally
have people talk louder to us. "HOW ARE YOU D-O-I-N-G????" they'll
scream, speaking to us as though we were either hearing or intellectually
impaired. "YOU LOOK SO G-O-O-D!!!!"
Of course we do. Thank you very much. We are, in fact, the
very best looking people in the handicapped community. We have secret beauty
pageants every year, to decide which of our number is the absolute best-looking.
Billy Crystal emcees, as his character Fernando; "..and you look MAHVELOUS
my dear; absolutely M-A-H-V-E-L-O-U-S..."