Kirsten's Journey

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Kirsten was one of those rare breeds now a day, always seemed perky, but not annoyingly so, because you knew she had seen her share of tears.

Kirsten was not one to sit around feeling sorry for herself though. Sure she had those moments, MS, especailly when its so progressive can be a cruel condition, but Kirsten knew that sitting around feeling sorry for herself was not going to change anything.

Submitted: May 28, 2017

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Life with Ms wasn't going to stop her, once she got her degree Kirsten was determined to use it to reach others.

You could often see her saying, "This may be a cross I did not ask to carry, but I am going to do my best to carry it with grace." And grace she did,

Kirsten was one of those rare breeds now a day, always seemed perky, but not annoyingly so, because you knew she had seen her share of tears.

Kirsten was not one to sit around feeling sorry for herself though.  Sure she had those moments, MS, especailly when its so progressive can be a cruel condition, but Kirsten knew that sitting around feeling sorry for herself was not going to change anything.

"If God calls me home, he calls me home, but while I am here I am going to live my life to the best of my ability." She would say.

Thankfully Kirsten has not been called home yet, maybe that sounds selfish, but she has so much to teach others.  So many ways to reach others.  God is using her in a mighty way.

Her testimony touches hundreds of hearts, something she never dreamed, not when she was seventeen and the disease first started taking a toll on her body.

Now as she gets older she knows that she will not be around forever, but she does not fear death, Kirsten knows when she is called home she will be going home to Jesus, but she has no intention of going now.

God still has alot of work to do in her life.

And who knows maybe he will give her a miracle.

Maybe she will walk again.

What is impossible with man is not so with God.

 

Kirsten should be an inspirational to us all.

She hasn't let MS get her down, even when she is at her weakest my sister manages to shine Christ's love.

At times I wonder if I could be like her if I were in her shoes.  Could I really endure all that she endures, the pain the not knowing.

MS could very well take her life, but like Kirsten says no one is guarenteed eternity on earth, and she doesn't plan on sitting around feeling sorry for herself.

Good for her.  Like I said I wish I could be more like my sister.

I am the youngest of the family.  Two girls, I came along when Kirsten was eight, Mom said she used to take to me like I was her real life baby doll.

I have the pictures to prove it,

I am seventeen now, Kirsten twenty six, she was diagnosed with MS when I was nine, not much older than she was when I came along.  I did not understand what was happening to my sister, truth is I don't think she knew what was happening to her.All I knew was my sister was falling alot, and in alot of pain.  I did not like to see my sister in pain, and did everything in my power to cheer her up.  I was only nine, but I took to caring for my sister the way she had cared for me when I was a baby.

I am glad to say that Kirsten is doing better than she was though.  She is getting a little stronger, even able to walk for short distances, thanks to Steroid treatments along with the other meds she is on.  Every little step is a victory though and I am going to celebrate with her.

I was so glad to, because she made it to my higshcool graduation in June, for now I am going to a local junior college, along with Kirsten where she attends classes part time.  She can't overdo it and has to be extremely careful.  But we have most classes together, so I will still be able to keep an eye out for Kirsten.

And Kirsten is still speaking at youth groups and the such, speaking of God's grace despite her disability.

I love my sister Kirsten, we are nearly nine years apart, but as close as two sisters could be, and for the past few years I have been helping her instead of the other way around.  When I was nine Kirsten was diagnosed with MS, when she is having a flare up of the condition she often can not walk even for short distances, and she deals with extreme fatigue and pain, but Kirsten has never been one to let much get her down, her faith sees her through the toughest moments.

Kirsten is almost twenty seven now, she has graduated from college and is speaking to others when she has a chance.  She talks to youth groups about how God's grace can get you through anything, how a diagnosis like hers does not have to mean the end of her life and it certainly does not mean she is going to allow it to shake her faith.  Like I said I have pletny of reason to feel pride in my older sister.

We should all have someone like Kirsten to look up to.

Now don't get me wrong, she is not perfect and she has her moments, she would be the first to admit that.  Kirsten is always telling me not to make her out a hero because she does not see herself as that, she is just a person who has decided to not let her condition define her, her words not mine, but it aptly describes Kirsten.

Kirsten is truly a blessing to have as a sister, when I was a little girl she helped me fixed scraped knees and talked to Mom for me when I was to embarrased to tell her something, but from the time I was about twelve I was becoming her advocate.  Three years after the diagnosis when the condition really started affected her I found myself doing what I could for her, and helping Mom to see that smothering her was not the answer.  I was also assuring everyone this was no one's fault.  No one wished MS on Kirsten, and she certainly did not deserve it, but she had a choice, and Kirsten made the right choice, she did not let it define her.  Once Kirsten made her mind not to be defined by this condition she wasn't.  She did not let it define her in anyway, instead she redefined it.

Copyright Michelle R Kidwell
2012

 
 


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