Â From The New York Times:
Last month, the thrill of my acceptance to Knox College and Mills College was cut short by my motherâ€™s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Naturally, with my mother falling victim to a body-ravaging, unpredictable and incurable disease, I was crestfallen. Additionally, an overwhelming sense of duty to my motherâ€™s well-being and a responsibility for my familyâ€™s uncertain future washed over my already strained conscience.
My hard-earned acceptances and accompanying scholarships were meaningless to me if I couldnâ€™t share the joy of these accomplishments with my life-long supporter and role model, and my college diploma would just be a piece of paper next to what she means to me.
Essentially, I was ready to throw my college future on the chopping block to help ease the discomfort of my motherâ€™s disease, should it be necessary, even if my assistance and presence did nothing more than put a smile on her face.
However, I also feared the risk of postponing or never attaining college. Those four undergraduate years are a launching pad to higher thinking and a secure adult life, so would my sacrifice help me or hurt me in the long run?
Before uncertainty chewed a hole through my head, I sat down with my mom and disclosed my dilemma.
My mom and I had a long discussion that filled in the gaps of my understanding regarding her unique m.s. condition, from her daily challenges, to her treatment options.