“Each of us takes part in a marathon”

A 61-year-old painter. A 41-year-old runner. A 20-year-old dancer. With nothing much in common but the fact that they’ve all been diagnosed with MS.

But this short documentary is not about MS, about the disease process and how it affects millions of people in different ways. It’s about how you keep going, refusing to let go of who you are. It’s about resilience and willpower. And it’s beautiful.

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8 thoughts on ““Each of us takes part in a marathon”

  1. I read this yesterday, I mean watched this, and thought about it off an on all day. It was quite beautifully put together, if a little heavy handed on the music (just my opinion!) and really did focus on the reality of dealing with a life changing diagnosis. I often place myself lower in priority to people with ‘real’ illnesses because I only have been diagnosed with 2 viruses at once and post viral fatigue. I guess the difference is though that I still hope to recover. We all do run a marathon of our own.

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    1. I don’t think you should place yourself lower in priority. I know people my age with MS who are disabled, and I’m lucky enough to still have a relatively normal life. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get hard sometimes and I shouldn’t be talking about it. There’s a difference between keeping things in perspective and diminishing your experience.
      I do hope you recover. And I hope new research and new therapies will help reverse the damage for people with MS and other illnesses.

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  2. Reblogged this on Anything is Possible! and commented:
    I usually don’t watch twenty minute videos on the computer, but then I thought, I’ll watch an hour long TV show with a fictional story, and I value the judgment of Escharae who posted this. I’m glad I watched this to know these true stories of courage and perseverance.

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  3. I liked this so much that going to share this on my Chronically Inspired art share group for disabled creative types as I know they will find this to be as powerful and inspiring as I did! You always find great videos to share, and I have such sensitive hearing that I reserve video-watching to things I KNOW will be great. I’ve learned to trust you 😉
    I think this may have been gauged to inspire able body individuals as there is a gap in the toll the illness, pain, and stress it takes on their lives, and the huge shift in mindset it took to reclaim their passions. However, they can’t tell every detail of everyone’s story, and they did a good job with it.
    I hope you are having a good day today.

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    1. Oh, I’m flattered you trust my posts. 🙂 And thank you for sharing too.
      I agree there was a lot left out, but it’s also true that it’s only a 20-minute video. I enjoyed that they picked three people in different stages of the disease. And they were all so candid, not overly dramatic or overly positive. I think it was probably that approach that touched me.

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      1. Those are very good points. It made me want to watch an entire documentary on them! And if you leave your audience wanting more, then I guess you have done your job. All 3 of them are incredible individuals and I related to each in my own way, but also learned more about MS.

        Idk if I’ve ever told you, my best friend is dating a man with MS, and my mom’s best friend has it as well. I feel like I am always learning something new about the disease, and it just seems like such an unpredictable illness. I’m very sorry you live with so many unanswered questions every day.
        Thinking of you xoxoxo

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      2. It is unpredictable, and very different from person to person, which adds to the feeling of isolation. But who knows, maybe we’ll find more answers as we go along. *Sweet hug.*

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