The Importance of Setting RRMS Goals
- by Mark O.
- November 26, 2018
Mark O. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Each of us living with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is unique. Our goals may differ, and that's OK, but goal-setting can be helpful for everyone, even those who don’t live with a chronic illness. I set goals to help me manage my RRMS and achieve personal milestones along the way.
Setting goals for myself gives me something to look forward to. It creates a challenge, develops my mind, helps me establish and maintain a healthy routine, and gives me a way to measure my individual successes on my journey with RRMS. Following my diagnosis, one of the most important goals I set was to remain positive and to see some kind of light during a difficult time.
When I was first diagnosed with RRMS, I had some challenges playing my guitar. Being a guitar player, I had the will and desire to continue to play, but I knew the journey would be difficult. Among the many goals I set for myself, playing my guitar again was one of them – and high on my list. A positive attitude helped me keep the vision of me physically playing my guitar alive, and in my mind I was playing. I’m proud that today I’m an eight-time champion of the San Antonio Guitar Wars Competition.
My goals give me a sense of purpose. I believe that doing something is better than doing nothing, and being stagnant is not an option for me. Over time, as I successfully reach my goals, I begin to feel more positive about challenges I face. I always stay focused on my goals and if I don’t reach them right away, I just keep trying!
Goals are as varied as people themselves. I’m proud of the goals I’ve set and that I am taking steps to better myself. I know that the steps I take in achieving my goals will also help me achieve other accomplishments. I also always remember to give myself a pat on the back as I've made the healthy decision to set various goals. Whether they are big or small, I feel that in creating goals, I am creating a better me!
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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.