Guest Post

“BLUE SQUARE” by Cathy Aten 5’x5′ m/m

Guest post provided by Cathy Chester of Healthline These are the people who voted my blog one of the Best MS Blogs of 2013 for which I am grateful.

Check out Cathy’s personal blog, An Empowered Spirit, for people in midlife and people living with a disability.


Two cats lay at my feet, sleeping the gentle sleep of the pure of heart.

The soft raindrops fall in a sweet rhythm outside my window, bringing the new fall foliage quietly to the ground.

The sun has set, nighttime has fallen, and another weekend draws to a close.

I feel lucky that I am aware of the blessings that surround me.

All is right with the world in this corner of Utopia.

Or so it seems.

There are blessings that surround all of us living with an autoimmune disease. They are there for the taking.

It is your choice to hear them.

It is your choice to feel them.

It is your choice to believe in them.

As Jon-Kabat Zinn famously said, “There is more right with you than wrong.”

We cannot feel our limbs, but we can hear the ocean. We cannot recall yesterday, but we can see the vibrancy of color. We are no longer as physical as we once were, but we can think, feel and love.

Multiple Sclerosis does not stop us from being a part of this world. It only forces us to change how we take part in it.

We sometimes scream out loud in our dreams, hoping to be the person we were before MS.

Our screams fall silently into the night.

Sometimes we need to ask for help, to seek others we can trust to listen, learn and act.

Now we need to find for ourselves a new tact, a different path, an alternate way to fulfill our hopes and dreams.

A new light.

A new song.

A new chapter.

We stretch our minds to express ourselves. In art, in words and in deeds.

We seek answers to heal ourselves, through complementary medicine and being spiritually sound.

By speaking to others who are traveling the same path, we begin to heal our inner souls. From those who have gone farther, and those who have just begun.

All the while knowing that the best road traveled is the one that brings us closest to being whole. That road is how we will achieve the greatest happiness within our own unique abilities.

A life well-lived despite MS is a live worth fighting for.

It’s a life we richly deserve.

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4 Responses to “Guest Post”

  1. Carole Zoom on October 14th, 2013

    It is surprising to me that people forget the beauty that abounds.

    Lovely post.

    Lovely art Cathy Aten.


  2. Lois Alter Mark on October 14th, 2013

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman on October 15th, 2013

    This eloquent and poetic post brought tears to my eyes. Cathy has a positive view of life no matter what obstacles she faces, and her amazing spirit inspires me every day. She truly knows how to find the beauty that exists around us, and we are blessed that she shares it with us.

  4. Sheryl on October 15th, 2013

    Absolutely touching and inspiring. I know you wrote this, Cathy, from the deepest part of your soul.

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