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Blog Title: What I Learn About Living From My Chronic Illness by Shelley Peterman Schwarz
Chronic illness changes every aspect of your life. In my blog, I reflect on my 30+ year journey living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). I share thoughts, insights, and lessons learned that hopefully will help you or someone you know. - Shelley
By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Shelley in scooter leading the parade 

I know that when people see me out in public, they probably see my Amigo® scooter wheelchair first, before they actually “see me." I think it’s human nature. I accept that and do my best to put them at ease. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that even with all my limitations, I still don’t think of myself as “disabled.”  I don’t wake up every morning and bemoan the fact that I have to use a wheelchair because my legs don’t work. Actually, I’m very happy that I have this device that, for the past 25 years, has allowed me to go where I want when I want, without the assistance of someone else.  It’s my independence. 

 

I still see myself as Shelley, who just happens to have a disability (caused by the effects of multiple sclerosis-MS.)  I also wear glasses and have naturally curly hair.  Every day, I work hard to keep my identity where it belongs--on the type of person I am.  And then something happened this weekend that proved to me that I have been successful beyond my wildest dreams.

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Thursday, August 11, 2011

David has been carrying the lion’s share of this major inconvenience. He’s been an absolute saint! In fact, I made a promise to him even he couldn't believe.

 

“My dear husband, I hereby promise that for the rest of our lives, I will not

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