Holly Butcher / by Neil Blake

I was on Facebook this morning doing my usual daily catchup when I saw a post one of my friends shared. It was a post by Australian cancer victim Holly Butcher on the Samantha Wills Foundation website. It was the last post she wrote before her death.  She was only 36 years old when cancer took her life, while I am still alive, her story is kind of like how MS radically changed mine 6 days before my 35th birthday. Similarly to how Holly's life was taken by the cancer she couldn't control, I can totally relate because of what I feel MS has done to me and my life. I really feel like my life was stolen from me more and more often lately. 

I still remember the first time I heard a fellow MS sufferer use the word stolen when referring to inability to do the things she once did, but is now unable to do. It really bothered me, almost shocked me in fact. I was still new to MS at the time, and hadn't really had time to fully take a look at how different my life was yet. Now however is a totally different story as it's been almost 5 years since i've been living this new lifef of mine, where I am alone all day, every day. I really miss working, writing software, interacting with people in real life, not using a screen to FaceTime someone, probably from my family.