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  •  Have MS, Will Travel (0+ / 0-)

    I am "disabled" - physically, at any rate.  My MS got to the point where I had to give up my business of 30 years (I taught people how to use their computers and how to design and develop database applications).  It was a tough choice, but then something strange and somewhat miraculous happened - the company my hubby worked for went out of business after 150 years.  This was January of 2009 (great timing, eh?).  At the ripe young age of 62, no one seemed interested in hiring him.

    Now, one would think panic would set in, however that has never been our way in life.  We set about finishing up the last touches of repair work on our old house, put it on the market for as high a price as we could imagine (thinking it would be a year before we could sell it), and set about putting our Plan B into action.  Surprisingly, the house sold in two weeks at close to what we asked.  Off to Plan B we went.

    Even though I had to sit while everyone around me was building, packing, and moving, I knew that what was to come next would keep life looking pretty darn good.  You see, we now officially live life on the road.  My wonderful hubby and I have always taken pictures - it's how we met (I was a professional photographer who occasionally helped out at my friend's photo lab.  My hubby was a regular customer....and, as it turned out, my soulmate).  

    We always dreamed of being able to travel and shoot, but with two young'un's, life took over and we became a typical  family instead.  Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, homework, baths, sleep...do it again.  I have to admit, we did it with a sense of humor, a great deal of love, and a lot of fun!  Somehow we got our two into and through college when the proverbial stuff hit the proverbial...you know.  Phew!

    That left us free to hit the road.  

    How do I live with my disability, this diary asks?  I have the comfiest recliner in the world - I live in it about 80% of my time (MS actually is quite sucky disease), but at least I have the best and ever changing views out my windows.  And on those days when I can, I am out taking pictures of this beautiful country, on my electric bicycle, or in our inflatable kayak with the man I love, living life to the fullest.

    I am disabled, true.  I live in pain everyday.  But I'm not dead yet.  And as long as there are pretty trees and sunsets, I will be smiling through it all.  'Cuz it's just how it is.

    Let's not let the dishonorable few make the rest of us slaves to their insanity.

    by issy on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 10:08:49 PM PDT

    •  What a wonderful outlook (0+ / 0-)

      MS is indeed a sucky disease. And it sounds like you have an excellent partner and a very good attitude to help you get through the less-awesome days.

      •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

        I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people on the planet.  There are many who have it way worse than I do and my heart goes out to them.  I wish everyone could have the love I have experienced.  It's the greatest anti-depressant!  Plus, I get to see all of his amazing photographs!  

        I am no longer able to do the computer thing, but I sure would love to get a good website set up for the pictures we have.  Any ideas, you wonderful Kossacks?!

        Let's not let the dishonorable few make the rest of us slaves to their insanity.

        by issy on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 10:41:14 PM PDT

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