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Not a Failure, but a Different Ending

“I have always used the mountains as a metaphor for what life with MS is really like,” she said. “We can’t always get to the top… we have to try harder and dig deeper. I’m not asking people with MS to climb a mountain (although I have always said I would love the company), but I am telling them that they have their “mountain.” Maybe your mountain is learning a foreign language or getting a college degree. The mountain can be any challenge you thought you could no longer achieve once you received an MS diagnosis. I say why let the MS stop you? Take on that mountain and go as high as you want. Not only did you do it, you did it with MS! You are already a winner just by virtue of making the attempt!”

I like the idea of different endings rather than failures. Very few things in my life have actually turned out the way I envisioned, but most of them have turned out well. Some have turned out even better than I dared hope.

There is no denying that MS has profoundly impacted my life due to physical limitations. MS has also lead me to explore new avenues that I otherwise might have ignored, enriching my life beyond what was. Different endings, not failures.

Wendy is on a never-ending mission to raise awareness of MS on a global scale. You can read more about her work as a motivational speaker and educator in Care2′s Trailblazers for Good: Wendy Booker, Mountain Climber with MS: “I’m Not Done Yet.”

Here’s to “different endings!”

Writer Ann Pietrangelo embraces the concept of personal responsibility for health and wellness. As a person living with multiple sclerosis, she combines a healthy lifestyle and education with modern medicine, and seeks to provide information and support to others. She is a regular contributor to Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

Photos courtesy of Wendy Booker

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6:16PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Very inspiring...thanks for sharing.

6:51AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

thank you

6:50AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

thank you

11:41AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Here's to 'different endings'! And this is a timely reminder to those of us who are perfectly well, but just procrastinate - for whatever reason - to get out of our own way ... and get on!

8:47AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

this is an inspiring story and one of courage

2:06PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Congratulations for your courage!

10:44PM PDT on Jun 28, 2010

A true story of inspiration. Thank you for sharing. Just goes to show perfection doesn't need to be everything.

10:02AM PDT on Jun 27, 2010


10:34PM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

Fabulous article, thanks for sharing :) I really like that phrase 'not a failure, but a different ending', because it's so true! So many times in life when things don't go the way we wanted them to, we feel as if we have failed. But we shouldn't feel that way, because we should always remember that the Universe might have a totally different plan for us, and it is probably a much better plan than the one we had for ourselves!

8:31PM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

What a great article. Thanks for posting.

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