Some Reasons Why I’d Rather Not Have Multiple Sclerosis

And some reasons why it’s not that bad, for me, anyway, even though I know many others are facing terrible struggles, living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Carolyn Cordon
3 min readMay 29, 2021


How MS is for me

The Bad

Trips and falls are not fun, but having MS makes me more likely that the average person to suffer from them, and I can certainly vouch for that! Read about my most recent effort here.

Forgetting things, or getting a bit mixed up. Yes, if I don’t check my calendar, I can sure forget things. And if I have to do something new, not interesting to me, I can struggle to get my head around the ins and outs of it.

Muscle weakness. One of my earliest symptoms, before I even knew I had MS, was the rightsided muscle weakness that made me fall over, and so go and see my GP to find out what had caused the fall, and the weird weakness I was feeling in my leg and arm, particularly on my right side.

The not so bad

One thing I’ve been doing in the month of May this year is raising funds for the MS Society SA & NT, and also raising awareness of what MS can be like for the sufferers, and their family, friends, and carers. And even if I didn’t raise as much as I’d hoped for, it was still a useful amount of money raised, so far, and there’s still a few of days left in May, so I hope to raise a bit more.

This one could have gone in the next section really, but I’ve decided to put it here, because it hurt, a lot, and it was a massive thing that stopped me doing lots of things! So it has a good ending, but oh, the pain and disruption! What was that thing? It was another trip and fall, but much worse than today’s episode! Read about it here, and yes, another book came from it!

The good

The best thing about MS is that I wrote a book about my experience with MS, quite early in my MS ‘journey’, and it’s a good book, a verse novel, available in some libraries in Australia. I’m quite proud of this book, and have read pieces from it in the past, and probably will again in the future. I think I’ve fun out of copies, and am thinking about doing another print run of it next year, perhaps. Books are always good!



Carolyn Cordon

Reader and writer — Poetry, prose, blogging, editor of community newsletter, & more recently Stand Up Comedian! Life happens as I watch, & get involved too!