by Sue Ellen Dickinson

The other day, I was rummaging through an old drawer, when I found something that brought back memories of the distant past … old playbill from a familiar Broadway play. 

 I suppose it  wasn’t really all that long ago in light of the big picture of things, but for me, it was another era ….. a whole lifetime ago, almost as if the memory belonged to someone else.

You see, back in the very early days, before MS visited it’s full horror upon me, I lived in New York City.  The bright lights of the ‘city that never sleeps’ kept alive the exciting dreams of the young woman I was back then, and there was nothing that was impossible….nothing I couldn’t accomplish….nothing I couldn’t do.  And I proved it. 

But my auditions for the theatre would soon come to an end as slowly, insidiously, the shadowy monster I  would come to know as Multiple Sclerosis, began  its’ subtle reign of   pain and misery.  And I was no match beneath its’ crushing weight.

So, as I carefully plucked this tired old playbill from the dusty  corner of the drawer in the back room, I couldn’t help but recall the words of inspiration in the song that resonated its truth  so deeply back then,……a song that made me believe I could move mountains ….just by believing I could. 

But now, over the course of time, it’s come to mean so much more…’s a reminder to both you and me I think, of our seemingly endless struggle we’ve endured with this monster disease that’s staked its’ claim and fortune on our lives.

And yet, through it all, I’m a great believer in second chances. I don’t believe in defeat.  And I still believe that faith can move mountains.

 I’ve never given up, no matter what, and I believe that there’s always hope.

And in the words of this magnificent song that once rang out over the Great White Way in the city that never sleeps, it’s a deeply moving reminder that there is hope afterall…..hope that endures even in the most desolate  moments of our lives.

Here are the inspirational lyrics that Don Quixote sang in  The Man of LaMancha. ….  “To Dream The Impossible Dream”

“To dream…. the impossible dream….
To fight….the unbeatable foe…
To bear….with unbearable sorrow…
To run….where the brave dare not go…
To right….the unrightable wrong…
To love….pure and chaste from afar…
To try….when your arms are to weary…
To reach ….the unreachable star…

This is my quest, to follow that star…
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far…
To fight for the right, without question or pause….
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause….

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm…
When I’m laid to my rest…
And the world will be better for this.
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach….the unreachable star.”

Just remember that nothing is impossible.  And never give up.

Until next time,

As always,
Sue Ellen

About the Author
This article was written by Sue Ellen Dickinson who has fully recovered from her symptoms of secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and today leads a perfectly normal life. In an effort to share the information of how she did it with other MS sufferers worldwide, she has written a book “No More MS, My Journey Back To Life”. This inspiring book offers the reader hope and inspiration, what she used as a Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, and can be found at her website .

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