Let’s face it—getting older is no fun. And getting older with multiple sclerosis is no walk in the park either. Living with MS, I am constantly fatigued, constantly in a race with the clock before my body bonks. It’s stressful. Manageable, but stressful.
One day, aging suddenly happened to me. I saw two vertical wrinkles between my eyes — that magic number 11 made looking in the mirror even harder, that made growing older even harder. I was already struggling with the prospect of wearing diapers. I don’t know that, in my 30’s, I will ever accept this reality, but that’s a story for another day. Wearing diapers, limping, wheelchairs—all of the side effects of my MS are so humbling. And yet I couldn’t deal with what was happening to my face because of my MS (side note: it happens anyway. It’s called gravity.).
I am getting older, my eyelids are growing heavy. That, coupled with my MS, is making me wonder if now is the time to embrace cosmetic procedures.
I started to think it would be nice to have a pick me up. A couple shots to rid me of my crow’s feet might do the trick…but is considering a cosmetic procedure what I should really be focusing on when I’m living with MS? According to my doctor, living with MS multiple sclerosis was “not a big deal” when it comes to eligibility for cosmetic procedures (but of course speak to your own doctor to evaluate for yourself).
Now that I knew that having a cosmetic procedure with MS was a personal choice (as it is for you too!) I had to make, I remembered two years earlier when a friend had been talking to me about the same lines. She was thinking about having something cosmetically injected to do away with them. I swore on my children I had never noticed and, as she pulled up her bangs to show me, I simply said, “I still love you, 11s and all.”
When I hit 30, I felt more mature, almost nostalgic. And then I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Changing my lifestyle to improve my health (e.g. juicing) made me too thin and I looked so old. It only added to the depression. It would be nice to have a pick me up, and if my friends living without MS were considering having work done, why shouldn’t it?
I’ve come to terms my anti-wrinkle fantasy, but I still haven’t been able to make a decision. With my doctor’s go ahead, I have no more excuses standing in my way. Just a few painless shots and my hated 11s will be gone. I know I may have the world fooled and appear shiny and happy, but I crave a pick-me-up that zapping my 11s could provide.
So I am asking you—should I get rid of my wrinkles? I absolutely believe in a natural, healthy lifestyle to manage my multiple sclerosis, but when it comes to aging, do I have to fight fair? I can’t lie, I want to go for it. That being said, I will heed every comment with caution and weigh your opinions heavily. Thanks my friends…my well-being and face are depending on it.