Tomorrow (August 19), I will be celebrating my 18th birthday.
An age that is supposed to mean the start of adulthood and becoming independent. In the past couple of years, I have learnt a great deal about my condition. What I have learnt has made me revaluate the future, and how I will get to where I want to be in life.
For instance, I have always wanted to learn how to drive. I thought that if I had a driving licence it would help diminish some of the anxiety I have about walking places on my own. Sadly, I found out in November last year that due to my MS I am partially sighted when it comes to my peripheral vision. This was a complete shock to me as I had no idea that the way I viewed the world was different to that of any other human being. When I found out I would not be able to drive it was difficult to take in.
I also think about how when I was younger I thought I would have a job by now. However, I often ponder over the idea that by including the fact that I have MS in my CV was the reason why I am constantly rejected from jobs. If my thoughts are right, then I am confused on why my disability, which has not caused me any problems in about 10 years and is well under control, should be an issue when it comes to employment. My disability is a part of me, and I have learned to live with it for quite some time now, so I do not understand why me being honest about my condition in my CV should stop me from acquiring a job.
When I was young, I never ever even thought about how many setbacks my disability would give me.
However, like I mentioned previously, I have learned to live with it. Yes, I may not be able to drive myself to places I would like to go, I can still get out and about, but it will be via public transport and taxi cabs. So, as I embark on the world of adulthood, I have realised one thing and that is, I will never let MS stop me from achieving my dreams and aspirations.