News Flash: Denial is not the same as a treatment, cure, or vaccine

It’s true. I haven’t blogged in a very long time and it seems like it took a pandemic to move me into action this time instead of hurricane evacuation.

But I posted something on Facebook this morning that I needed to get off my chest after watching the recap of the Memorial Day Weekend footage of beachgoers and other partiers all back to business as usual because they’re sick of the quarantine. It must have resonated with others because friends are sharing it and have encouraged me to make it into a blog post, so here goes…

Posted on Facebook 26May2020 after watching the news at 6:00 AM

After 21 years of suffering, I’ve decided I’m tired of having MS, so I’m just going to deny it and it will go away and I can get back to a normal life. I’m going to throw away my cane and walker because they are a pain in the ass to use. I’m going to stop limping and take up jogging, something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m going to get back to drawing with pen and ink because I’m sick of not having fine motor skills any more. I’m going to sit cross legged on the floor with my grandkids and then hop up to play tag. Screw naps. I’m fed up with fatigue. I’m so over it. I just want to get back to my life.

I deserve that, right?? I mean if two months of quarantining from Coronavirus is enough for everyone else, surely 21 years is long enough to deal with disability, right??

If everyone’s treating the pandemic that way, so many people can’t be wrong, right?

I’m disgusted with the selfishness and flagrant lack of compassion I see in our country. If it would only affect those who decide to behave recklessly, I’d be fine with that. But the sad truth is they will likely have a mild case while passing it on to high risk people all around them like me or my elderly mother, many of whom will either die or be hospitalized for weeks.

I would give a stranger the shirt off my back and do all I could to protect them from harm.

It breaks my heart to know people don’t care about me or my family to the same degree.

We are all in this together whether we like it or not. The mindset, however, is every person for themselves.

If you went out this weekend without a mask and disregarded social distancing because you deserved to have your life “get back to normal”, do me a favor and unfriend me.

And I want to be very clear that this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with science and compassion for your fellow human.

If you choose to behave that way, you aren’t my friend. Adios! I’d say don’t let the door hit you on the way out, but nobody comes in here that doesn’t live here. That’s how social distancing works.