Is Multiple Sclerosis a Disability?

Tips on HealthGuest Post by Jamuna Rangachari

What really is a disability? There are many phrases defining this this, some of them are handicapped, differently-abled, ‘special’ – especially in the case of children and many more such terms. The terms are not really very important. Why is important is how easy the world, a nation, a city or even a home, makes it possible for a person with an issue to lead a complete life the way they want to lead it.

When I got diagnosed with MS, I was extremely disturbed that I too may be in this group. This is because we give only lip service to the people with challenges and do not really understand them. Now, after getting to know their world better, I came across several people who have indeed shown the rest of the world how beautiful life is. I have understood what gratitude truly is, when people with all kinds of challenges are thankful that they are able to breathe and are all the time, leading a complete life, despite, sometimes because of the challenge.

In many parts of the world, including India, we have ATM machines on top a building with no lift, trains and buses who make it extremely complicated for anyone, let alone people with a challenge to commute comfortably, a person who cannot see not even be able to read any book or newspaper and a person who is deaf not be able to communicate with anyone using even words. Most of all, these people being shunted into the corner as it is too uncomfortable for others to see them around.

Apart from these physical challenges, there is usually a litany of ‘advice’ given to them on the temples to visit, mosques to go to and churches to pray in. One good part of this dialogue is that at least in this area, people do seem to recognize that all religions are indeed one.

In a civilized world that I hope will arrive soon, the people who overcome challenges are true heroes or heroines.

Personally, I have definitely progressed spiritually because of the entire experience and request everyone to also view all challenges as just that, ‘a challenge’, not a life sentence or a death sentence.

As for me, I discovered a path to wellness through acupuncture after I had understood this lesson of life completely.

The journey of my path to wellness has been chronicled in a book published by HayHouse. The details of the book are given here. Those who wish to get in touch with me can do so at

My book, Dancing with Life,  is about affirming the power of life, the power of hope, and the power of strong determination to live life with a purpose. It attempts to give hope and power to everyone, whether or not one has a health challenge.

Most of all, it is a book that aims to convey that one can lead a complete and wholesome life, that MS or any other problem is just a comma in the story of our lives, and not the full stop.
I have learnt a lot of lessons in leading a complete life through my battle with MS (multiple sclerosis). These lessons are relevant to all, ailment or no ailment.

Dancing with Life is now available at:

Living with Mulitple Sclerosis


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