The mythical phoenix is a glorious, beautiful bird, one of its kind. It lives eternally, going through a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth. When the phoenix grows old it builds a special nest. The phoenix then stands in the nest and is consumed by fire. From the ashes the new phoenix is born, rising with the morning sun to spread its glorious new wings and to live another lifetime.

With every MS relapse my house is burned down.  I have learned to be patient. Life has shown me that something new, beautiful, and unexpected is waiting there for me in the ashes each time the smoke clears. A dear friend once called me a  Phoenix.

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10 responses to “About

  1. Amanda

    “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning how to dance in the rain” – unknown. I enjoyed our talk we had and I was extremely happy we were able to catch up. I took a lot away from our conversation… THANK YOU!!! The blog is great, I hear your voice throughout the dialogue which makes it personable and welcoming. The stories, the photos and the videos are excellent and inspiring! Thank you for everything Mrs. Smith

    A. Pedregon


  2. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and share yours. It means a lot to me.
    Smiling, Mrs. Smith 🙂


  3. you are a ALWAYS teaching ALL WAYS! grateful. a thousand kisses. 🙂


  4. May we both be as the Phoenix and rise above, as many times as we must! You are anazing!!
    Love You,


  5. Thank-you my Phoenix Sister XOXOX


  6. DeNeasha Strother

    I woke up this morning feeling like crap and ready to give up. God sent you Mrs. Smith in the form of a friend request on Facebook and someone to talk to. I am so glad you sent me that request. Finally, I have someone who can relate to me on so many levels. You’re a teacher, an African American woman, and you are fighting his dreadful disease. Thanks again for sending me this link!



  7. I love the new picture! 🙂 It has a very Lauryen Hill vibe or something. 🙂


  8. Thank you 🙂 what a cool compliment.


  9. Hello Estizer!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking the post about my Furballs and Stress. I’m having a bit of trouble getting my writing groove on, but hope that will change soon. I hope you stop by now and then to check!

    I am sooo happy to meet a fellow MSers here at WordPress! I don’t get out much these past few years, except for doctor appointments, that is. So like many others, I now live vicariously through the internet.

    I had a quick tour through your site and very much enjoyed the little I saw. I am now following and will return as I can, to dig through some more posts. 🙂


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