So, you’re single.
And chronically ill.
On Valentine’s Day.
But, what the heck, you don’t care.
You don’t care because you’re an alpha-woman even when you sometimes feel like a z-woman… amazing and zonked out on meds on the couch.
Nevertheless, you don’t care because, seriously, you don’t have to go shopping to find sexy lingerie that’ll only cut off your air supply while wearing it.
You don’t care because you know that the only thing you can find in a chocolate box is a raised BMI.
You don’t care because you don’t thrive on baggage left behind by old flames.
You don’t care because you know that it takes two to have a healthy relationship and today you are happy being single.
And, you don’t care because you are no damsel in distress.
In short, you know you are awesome.
Your level of hotness is raised because even though you share life with MS and in the face of adversity, you never back down.
In fact, you can take yourself on a date.
You can because you bring out the best in yourself when it matters most, especially when you try to decide whether you’ll have Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or McVities Digestives biscuits for your Valentine’s dessert.
You can channel your inner delightfully, dazzling diva while wearing pyjamas, dog-shaped winter socks, leg warmers and your turban hair towel.
You can drag your duvet to the living room, watch Romeo + Juliet and cry for an hour afterwards because Leo died when he shouldn’t have (Damn you, William Shakespeare!)
You can even binge-watch all six episodes of Pride & Prejudice –with Colin Firth- and think, “He may be cute, but thank god I don’t have to live with Mr Darcy!”
You can because you know that flying solo doesn’t mean being unhappy.
You can do all that because you’re stunning, divine, and carry a dazzling amount of sassy.
So whether you are chronically ill or not, at some stage someone will take your breath away and remove all your MS-related insecurities.
Just make sure that piece of sexy fabric wrapped around your chest isn’t too tight around you, because one MS-hug is more than enough.
©Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2017