Julie’s Story: Staying Positive in Difficult Times

  • by Julie R.
  •   April 17, 2017

Julie R. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

Read the story of how I overcame one of the most difficult times in my life.

One of the happiest times of my life was buying my first home with my mama and sister in 2001. We had always dreamed of having a home full of laughter, dogs, music and fun times. I had spent years dreaming about our home and even collecting household items that we would eventually use in our house. So, when we finally moved in, you couldn't take the smiles off our faces.

Unfortunately, on May 1, 2010, the one-thousand-year flood came through Nashville. Water from a nearby river came into our home so quickly that all we had time to do was grab the dogs and head to the second floor of our townhouse. For six hours, we waited there to be rescued by boat. As we waited, all we could do was watch as the water washed away our neighborhood and our home. Like most people in our neighborhood, we did not have flood insurance and weren't prepared financially or emotionally for the devastation it caused.

After the flood, we lived with friends for a while and eventually moved into an apartment. We were forced to decide if we would rebuild or walk away from our beloved home. Ultimately, we decided to get our house back! It only took us seven months to rebuild our home, because we were so determined to get our lives back in order.

In 2001, I thought my biggest accomplishment in life was being able to help buy my family’s first home. In reality, I believe it was an even bigger accomplishment to rebuild our lives and home after losing everything. It helped me realize that sometimes things happen in life that are out of our control. When those things happen, the only thing you can actually control is how you respond to them.

As I look back on my life up to this point, there are a few events that took place that were totally out of my control and temporarily stopped me in my tracks, including my RMS diagnosis. I had to decide each time what I was going to do in order to move forward and continue to pursue my dreams. We couldn't control the river that day in 2010, but we could control our attitudes of hope and faith.

Julie R.

RRMS Patient

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  • LaKeesha C | April 19, 2017
    This was a very uplifting story about we can't let things stop our dreams. We have to stay positive and move forward.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | April 20, 2017
      Thank you for the kind words, LaKeesha.
  • Dorinda George | April 20, 2017
    I am so inspired by your blogg! You are a Survivor and Fighter!! I am so inspired by your story!! Wow, I just can't imagine what it had to be like to go through that!! And you to feel strong enough to rebuild and start a new chapter in your book/journey! Best of luck to you and your family. May you be blessed for the rest of your lives!!
  • Adele  | April 20, 2017
    Well stated Julie
    Have to keep moving forward while sitting. STILL that is the trick and never stop being grateful 😘💕
  • Patricia | April 22, 2017
    Thank you for sharing your story. I too have suffered from MS since I was very young. It has been hard at times but a good attitude will carry you far. God Bless you.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | April 24, 2017
      Thanks, Patricia. Best wishes!
  • Linda | April 23, 2017
    So devastating I like the way you rebuilt having ms we can't rebuild we have to be positive and not dwell on what could happen
  • Luerdeen | April 23, 2017
    I have not been diagnoses but need symptoms
  • Janice Robson Anspach  | April 25, 2017
    Strange what we are capable of doing when we are pushed into situations. I have found strength at times that I didn't know I had. I know God has been the answer for so many things. I believe in angels, I believe they come in to our lives with a purpose. It would be so easy to fall into a depressed state of mind. I'm not saying I dont, but do try to get through it quickly. Take care ~
  • Faye | April 26, 2017
    Life is what you make it Julia. You have done well. I wish that for all of us. We have to look forward.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | April 27, 2017
      What a great way to think about things, Faye!
  • Michael | May 09, 2017
    When being diagnosed in 2015 i was like wow. But the only one that helped me during the process was God,family, and church family. Living with MS can be challenging and keeping the positive in your mind and not worry about if you will fall or injure yourself. So staying positive and Praying is so important. God Bless Mike.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | May 10, 2017
      We’re glad that you opened up and shared your story, Mike. We hope you’ll continue to lean on the community for support.
  • Regina | May 12, 2017
    Thank you for that inspirational story of how you and your family are overcoming the events of your life. You have uplifted my spirits to pursue my dreams and move forward. May God bless abundantly.
  • Michelle | July 13, 2017
    How do you deal with the pain, and still be so positive ?Some days just getting up
    is a chore.
  • Mohanad | July 15, 2017
    Don't give up Julie and keep going your story will make me more positive and how to deal with my ms.