My family gathered to celebrate Independence Day with an old fashioned BBQ and a tribute to our national colors with strawberries, vanilla pudding, and blueberries served in tall glasses tied with patriotic ribbons and cupcakes for all. It was an enjoyable day.
When the afternoon yielded to evening and the excitement of the day was behind me, my thoughts turned to Rachel.
Rachel has been studying in England for the past three years. She will graduate later this month. I recalled that she was adamant about going to the school of her choice which just happened to be in London, England! I was filled with trepidation and confess a bit worried about how she would manage being so far away at school because of her MG. Thus, with the help of her doctors, we took every reasonable precaution to provide for any care that she might require regarding MG while studying abroad.
Rachel embarked on her academic career with all of the enthusiasm expected of an eighteen year old. We were somewhat concerned about the baggage weight restriction on her maiden journey across the Atlantic because she was weighted down with vials of Mestinon tablets to get her through her first semester! Once settled in, she managed to take the bus, tube and an occasional taxi everywhere that each college student frequents. MG did not deter her from the experience of attending college abroad and all of the adventures that go along with being a college student.
As I reflected on the 4th of July, I realized that Rachel had indeed attained her own independence. She does not refrain from nor is she deterred from doing anything and everything that she possibly can. She gained her independence by a strong will and incorporating good judgment along with her arsenal of MG medications!
My point is this; Rachel does not allow MG to stand in the way of living life – her way. She is an independent young woman and a soon to be college graduate! I am very proud of her.