On today’s show, Meredith Vieira sits down with Dr. Oz to talk about her husband Richard Cohen’s battle with multiple sclerosis. Learn how MS has affected their marriage, why she hates the term “caregiver,” and what she does to manage the stress. Plus, meet the four-legged scoundrel that is putting this happy marriage at risk!
Four years ago–seven days after my 30th birthday, and three months before my only daughter turned 2–I got a cold.
Along with the cold, the left side of my face went numb. When I still couldn’t feel my cheek a few weeks later, my doctor sent me to the emergency room. I laughed at the time, thinking of those news stories about people who take up seats in the E.R. because their doctors don’t want to see them.
But once I was given a CAT scan that showed suspicious but inconclusive results, and then admitted to the hospital overnight, things were less funny. Only an hour after getting an MRI, my neurologist came in and told me that, without a doubt, I had multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing such symptoms as loss of balance and hearing loss.
I met a beautiful girl named Jessica. Like many of us she has discovered the true meaning of this word. She’s struggled greatly but she’s fought through it, giving this word it’s true definition. This word is permanently marked upon her wrist because this is who she is and who she has become: a fighter. When life has challenged her she has taken those challenges and they have molded her into an incredibly resilient, immaculate human being. When life gives us hell, we give it hell right back. We find ourselves while we grow stronger and braver and fight courageously, as fighters do. The secret is that you never know when things will turn around and your hope will surface. When you fight back and you refuse to be reduced by your past or your current situation, you transcend as a fighter, a survivor and a warrior. It’s important that you remember that pain is not infinite. Let pain be your guiding force, not your own defeat. I was reminded once by a dear friend that life is a beautiful disaster. There’s something remarkable about those who climb to their success and their recovery, that turn desperation into motivation into something so remarkable that it makes fighters seem invincible. The power of recovering and fighting back and pushing on and moving forward lies deep within our hearts. It’s intensity is breathing in our souls. We choose to fight our battles or simply give up. But defeating our fears and fighting through our most potent endeavors is promising, rewarding and positively worth it. Do not let yourself succumb to your challenges. Do not lose hope, both within yourself and better days to come. Become a fighter and refuse to ever turn your back on recovery.
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Basically you reblog this, and your followers know that you care and that they can message you about anything anon or not and you will reply back or at least look at their message.
I’m here if you ever need someone to talk to.