MS and Going for It

One of the things I will be talking about more often is 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Obviously, that is a lifelong diagnosis. There is no cure. A month ago I tested positive for the JC Virus, which is not good either, and can lead to another, more serious brain disease PML. At 35, you have to go forward with what you have. I want to do as much as I can for as long as I can.

Yes, drawing disability and sitting on the couch, complaining, feeling sorry for yourself, I could do all of that. People would probably not have too much of a problem with it, but, that is not me. That is not who I want to be. That is not what I want to do. That is not the example I want to live for Brody, my son, who is 10, I don’t want him to ever give up. So, I don’t want him to see me give up. I want to do as much as I can for as long as I can.

Going from best case scenario at 30 with awesome blood tests and good weight, to almost worst case scenario at 31 is a bit of a shocker. It goes back to what I have said before, “You are not promised tomorrow, you are not promised health, and you are not promised anything.” You have got to stop thinking about it, and you just have to do it. Do your dream, do your life. If something is in you and it is something you want to do then you should go for it. Yes, you have to be practical. You have to pay bills, you have families, and I get that. I understand it, but, still it is amazing to me how many people are fine settling. Just being content with the “American dream” going home from an 8–5 job and it is like that every day. If that is what you want to do then okay. Then, you can’t complain about it.

I just want to encourage you as much as I can to go for it. I will give you some advice on marketing, and heating and air tips, and all that stuff but I have just a tiny bit of this motivation inside of me I want to spit out. Hopefully it helps somebody. Shoot, if one person is helped, or this has inspired someone to even think about it, then great. I want you to be happy. I see a lot of people not happy because they are settling. They are being comfortable with what is around them. If that is you than that is fine. If you are having second thoughts than lets work it out, figure it out and then go forward.

One life, one time, that is it.

Derek Cole

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