FUMS – Say It With Me Now!!

Fundamental Understand of Multiple Sclerosis

I’ve had my struggles with MS, but it’s been my observation that using my Irish temper to my advantage has done just that – given me an advantage. My battle cry is “FUMS” and I want to share that spirit with other MS’ers and their families, friends and caregivers. It really is all about the attitude. MS – Multiple Sclerosis – is so unpredictable. It changes day to day, hour to hour – sometimes, minute to minute. In a lot of ways, we’re at the mercy of our bodies. We’re never really sure what’s going to happen next. Lack of control, anyone?

I NEEDED control. I wouldn’t call myself a control freak – but I enjoy having control over situations and this MS nonsense was pissing me off! So – the one thing I knew that I could control was my reaction to this diagnosis – to the symptoms – to the pain – to the fatigue – to the loss of control. I decided right there and then – from my bed, where I spent the majority of that first 6 weeks – that I was going to give this disease some attitude. I identified the enemy, focused on it, and then spoke to it. And what did I say to it? FUMS! That’s right. You heard me – FUMS.  It’s a strong statement.  It’s bold.  It’s got energy – and it really gets the point across.  My sweet 83-year-old mother asked if I couldn’t just tell it to go hell, but really, that doesn’t say it like I feel it.  FUMS does!  So, join me in my journey with the monster – and say it with me – FUMS, FUMS, FUMS!

5 thoughts on “FUMS – Say It With Me Now!!”

  1. Thank you. This is just what I needed, and it’s exactly how I have been feeling but haven’t been able to put into words. I feel so angry and frustrated lately. Now I have something I can think of when I really get pissed off. I am looking forward to reading more!

  2. Kathy
    Your website is awesome and very elequently expressed. The question of respect or denial is very thought provoking. It sounds like you have both. Giving the disease the respect to do what you need to do in order to live a quality life along with enough denial of the disease to maintain that quality of life. My thoughts and best wishes are with you.

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