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Life With MS Is a Sack Full of Onions
























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“LAYERS!” exclaimed Shrek to Donkey, “Onions have layers; Ogres have layers… onions have layers!  Ya get it?”

Oh yes, Shrek, I get it!  Coping with the many aspects, symptoms and challenges of living with multiple sclerosis also has layers.

Funny, actually, that the lead investigator in a research study I once participated in often referred to MS pain as an “onion.”  He compared the onion to different cognitive stages of pain with layers of “pain,” “pain reaction,” “negative thought,” “negative reaction,” and then “suffering.” Stop the cascade before the negative reaction part and reduce the suffering was the hypothesis of the study (which worked for me).

It’s not just MS pain which has layers.  I’d go as far as every one of our symptoms of MS, every one of our relationships affected by MS, every reaction, changed plan and accommodation we require because of this disease is a many-layered affair.

MS is like an onion!

Not because it stinks (though it does)… Not because it makes us cry (though it does)… Not because when you leave them out in the sun it gets all brown and starts sproutin’ little white hairs (sorry, Donkey again).  NO!  Layers.  Onions have layers, life with MS has layers.

Some layers are surprisingly tender and sweet, others are sharp and sulfurous while still other layers are downright rotten.  We cannot, however, simply chuck our onions out into the sun (brown bits and sproutin’ hairs again…).  We must find a way to peel our way through each of the layers – each stinky, tearful, difficult layer and hope to find something useful for the effort.

Life with MS isn’t just one onion.  No. Living with a chronic, sometimes debilitating, neurological condition with no cure is a great big, stinkin’ sack of onions.  And it’s heavy!

But we cope.  We find help from friends, we find hope in our community, we find strength within ourselves and we cope.

So, the next time I’m stuck in a place where it seems that my sack of onions is more than I care to peel, I’m going to take another line from Shrek and Donkey’s conversation about the Allium Ogreous Cepa to heart and remember this…

You know what else has layers? Parfaits! Everybody likes parfaits!

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