Initially, when I came up with the concept for In It For The Parking, I was thinking I would document and discuss what life is like with MS… but then I realized that MS is different for everyone. Once I had a seizure disorder, I figured, “Hey! I’ll do a site for people with seizure disorder! Or with MS AND Seizure Disorder!” but that would mean that this site would exist for maybe 20 people in the whole world.
So, I looked at my life, my friends, and what would make the biggest difference to my (at that time theoretical) readers. I realized that I didn’t know anyone who hasn’t at one time or another come into contact with chronic illness. Whether it’s cancer, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, autism, fibromyalgia, or any of the hundreds of other conditions that require sustained lifestyle changes, caregiving by family and friends, and a positive outlook.
“In It For The Parking” summarizes my attitude towards my disabilities. I always joke and say that I’m just in it for the parking – or in it for the perks (like riding the carts at the airport!).
Remembering that I am not defined by my illnesses and recognizing the benefits (whether hidden blessings or not) of my situation are two of the ways I cope with the changes in my life and the frustrations of being chronically ill.
This blog is all about living well, finding your happiness, maintaining positive relationships, and caring for ourselves and our caregivers.
Every day, we can find ways to bring joy to ourselves and others. This way works for me. 🙂