Recently I found a passage in an old Eric Hoffer book that was written about social change; but his thoughts about the drastic changes we experience in MS spoke to me and may resonate with others as well: "We can never be really prepared for that which is wholly new. We have to adjust ourselves, and every radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem. We undergo a test; we have to prove ourselves. It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling."
When I review the roller coaster of emotions that I experienced when I received the diagnosis of MS, I realize now that I was experiencing the crisis Hoffer writes of. I am grateful to this community, for providing a space where we experience support as we come to terms with what has happened to us, and gather confidence to face our drastic changes.