Some of you might have heard my mom, Karen O Shea’s, story about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This is my side of the story. I’m writing this in the hopes that it will help parents and children if someone in your family gets MS. To the other ten-year-olds like me out there, understand that there is no need to worry.
It all started when my mom went into the hospital. My dad said she fell going out to the clothes line. It was a few days until I went to the hospital. My dad tried to do my hair but as soon as we went into the hospital and my mom saw me, the first thing she did was fix my hair. We stayed for a while but I was five years old so I had to go home to bed. She was in the hospital for four days.
When mom came home, she tried to explain to me as best she could, but explaining to a five year old about MS is probably very hard. Of course the first question that rolled off my tongue was “are you going to die?” For anybody out there who does not know the answer to that question, the answer is no.
Nothing changed that much after my mom got MS. It actually brought up some funny stories! One day my dad was playing with my dog and he fell on the stones. My dog looked down at him and tilted her head from side to side and looked like she was thinking why’s he down there. I then later asked my mom if my dad also had MS.
When mom falls she falls awkwardly so we always have a good laugh about it. My mom sometimes gets her words mixed up and can sometimes say put the milk in the cupboard instead of saying the fridge. I’ve learned to understand her!
Just last month one of my friends came up to me and said ‘‘I hope you’re not offended but how’s your mom’s MS?” I wasn’t offended at all. I made sure I told him that. Later on I told my mom about it. My mom told me to tell him about all the opportunities she’s gotten since she has been diagnosed with MS.
If you are a child and you are worried about a parent with MS, you should not worry. I am a child and my mother has MS. Take it from me.
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