knowledge and ignorance

Ignorance is bliss.

Knowledge is power.

When I was first diagnosed with ADEM (eight months prior to the diagnosis of MS) I always felt as if there was something that my neurologist wasn't telling me. I can remember using the expression, "He seems to be waiting for the other shoe to drop".

Today, I believe that the manner in which the original neurologist introduced me to my "attack" has proved to be a blessing. I never received more information than I could handle, and I didn't receive any answers to questions that I didn't ask.

I have been trying to figure out how it is that I have handled the past two and half years as well as I have. Yesterday, I realized that for me, ignorance is bliss, and knowledge is power.

Knowledge:

I have filled my life with MS related information. I neither hide from, nor hide, my disease. I believe in the importance of learning and sharing any information that I get my hands on. I encourage my family and friends to do the same.

Ignorance:

I don't know everything about my own situation, I still believe that. If you ask me how many lesions I have/had, I can only tell you "countless". I can't tell you where I would fall on a disability scale (no pun intended!). I once wondered if I have "black holes" in my brain, but pursued it no further.

So with knowledge of the big picture, and little about the fine details, I find myself more at ease with my own situation.

Does that make knowledge bliss?

Emily




1 comments:

~ Charlene S Noto said...
November 26, 2008 at 2:36 p.m.

Interesting thoughts, Em.

I've always said "Ignorance is Bliss" and based it on the general happiness of children. But, ignorance can also cause panic.

I guess we all need a happy medium. Enough to keep us from our own worries being far worse than our reality, and yet ignorant enough to be blissfully happy. LOL

Sounds like your doctor gave you a pretty good mix.

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