It Could Be Worse

It Could Be Worse

Doc & patient

You will never forget the day you learned you had multiple sclerosis.

It was difficult.  Traumatizing.  Maybe a relief for some.

But over time you realized being saddled with MS wasn’t so bad.

In fact, during your life, you’ll probably hear far worse things than the little sentence…”You have MS.”

As an example, My Odd Sock would like to share some examples proving…”It Could Be Worse.”

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baby minotaur

Doc:  Congratulations!

You:  What is it Doc, a boy or a girl?

Doc:  You’re the proud parent of a Minotaur!

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You:  (Excited)…Those are my numbers!  We’re rich!  I won the PowerBall Jackpot!

Spouse:  Oh, I didn’t tell you, but I forgot to buy your ticket.

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press conference

Reporter:  Senator, can you explain your…

Senator:  (Interrupting)..Look, I’ll be honest.  I have accepted bribes.  I have a drug habit.  I’ve had many affairs and I’ve stolen from office.  There, I said it.

Reporter:  I, I was just asking to explain your recent vote.

Senator:  (sheepish)..oh.

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Doc:  Turn your head to the left and cough.

You:  (cough cough)

Doc:  Now turn your head to the right and cough.

You:  (cough cough)

Doc:  Hmm.

You:  What is it Doc?

Doc:  You have a nagging cough.

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Hostess:  Number 22?

You:  Finally.  I’m starving.

Spouse:  Wait, we’re 3-22.

You:  Oh, Applebee’s sucks.

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You:  What are you doing home?  Shouldn’t you be in class?

Son:  I dropped out.  I’m going to live in the basement and become a professional video game player.

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You:  Oh hi Jim!  You OK?  You don’t look so good.

Jim:  Eh, for the past three days I’ve had violent projectile vomiting.

You:  Really?


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You:  (Opens door)..Yes?

Man:  We’re from Publisher’s Clearing House…

You:  (Excited)..Yeah, I noticed the balloons, the big check.

Man:  Is this 1713?

You:  Nah, across the street.

Man:  Eh sorry to bother you.

You:  Forget about it.

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Department storeClerk:  Your total comes to $47.57.  Will this be on your Macy’s charge?

You:  No, cash.

Clerk:  Visa, Mastercard or Discover?

You:  Cash please.

Clerk:  A debit card?

You:  No, cash.

Clerk:  Macy’s gift card?

You:  No, it’s cash.  You STILL accept cash don’t you?

Clerk:  I’ll have to ask my supervisor.

You:  (Unprintable response)

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There now see, it could be worse.  Way worse.

Having MS isn’t so bad after all.

Acceptance is the key.  And your first step to healing.

Have a far worse moment you’d like to share?  Spit it out in the form of a comment.

We could all grow with your perspective.


3 Replies to “It Could Be Worse”

  1. I hear it all the time ”It could be worse”. Maybe it depends where you are in your MS progression. Call me Debbie Downer, but for me, I feel like I have hit rock bottom. I have done everything in the MS playbook, and still feel like my health is spiraling out of control. Nothing is 100%, and unfortunately I’m that person in the negative column. I still believe I have the best doctors in the city, so they are not to blame. Not asking for a pity party, just sayin…….Ok, now I have a jump start on your next brain drain…….

  2. Margaret,
    I understand…we all understand your frustration. Maybe it’s the time of year, but staying motivated/positive is the hardest aspect of MS, heck, ANY chronic illness. You’re a tough ol barracuda, so hang in there.
    I appreciate your honesty in sharing your feelings. Thank you.
    (Maybe I’ll ask you to write the next Brain Drain!)

  3. Great post! Love the one about the lottery ticket 🙂 Indeed, it always could be worse. Guess knowing that is the key to happiness? May we all have chains full of such keys!