Friday, November 13, 2009

Planning the future.

How does a person with MS plan for the future? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be an archeaologist. But when I can barely get the energy to walk to the mailbox or clean my house, that dream starts to look a little unrealistic. Then I thought of being a historian or a history teacher. But once again, my fatigue and symptoms interfered with schooling. I did not meet the dead line for my college fund and now looking at years of grueling study (expensive study) is also becoming unrealistic.

So my goal now is to work with animals. No I don't want to be a vet. I'm thinking of pet grooming. I love animals, I've got 5 cats and had a dog. He was 19 (beagle) and had to be put down this summer finally. But I really enjoy the grooming process. Brushing my maine coon is very soothing. I also had the chance to groom a pomeranian recently who was very matted and her nails were longer then my cats. Working the mats out of her, bathing and clipping was certainly a process. But after it was all over, she could walk easier, and she wasn't in as much pain from matting, or fleas. It was nice. I've looked up some courses and could deffinatly do it.

Problem. I live at least 30 minutes away from the city where the school is. I do have a learners permit to learn to drive, but no one to teach me or let me use their vehicle. Also, driving with MS? Scary thought. My Dad used to lose his vision when he was driving sometimes. It was terrifying. What if something similar happens to me? I could hurt someone. Or worse.

I want to move forward with my life. Tell me how you have overcome MS related difficulties involving work and school, and driving.

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