Don’t judge a book by its cover…

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Have you heard about the recent story of a VERY pregnant Olivia Wilde riding on a Subway in NYC? She sent out a tweet about a person who didn’t automatically give up their seat for her: “I’ll just stand riiiiight next to your head and pray I go into labor.”
I guess this just inspired me to send out a quick note. Olivia has absolutely NO idea what the circumstance may have been that lead this person not to give up their seat. There are unnoticeable diseases out there, like MS can be, Lupus, Fibromyalgia etc. – the list goes on and on. These diseases can allow you to look perfectly fine while in fact you are experiencing excruciating muscle spasms, weakness or fatigue that may not allow you to stand for long periods of time, not to mention on the unstable floor of a subway, train or an airplane. In fact, I have even experienced this weakness on a perfectly flat surface while standing in line or attending a concert. I do my best everyday to not allow people to see me struggle, but having a little consideration for each other can go so far. I actually take pride in the fact that I do not look or sound like a “sick person”, but it has also taught me so much compassion in life. I have been given a lot of not-so-fun things from MS but I am thankful it has also opened my eyes to always consider the other things that may be going on in a persons life. I refuse to ever, ever, pretend that I know what another person may be experiencing at any given time. We should all take a moment to reflect on that – have a great weekend! 💜

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