September Writing Prompts: Day 17

I can’t believe tomorrow is actually the last day in September!

Where did this month go?

Today’s writing prompt is a very personal one, and although fictional, it is certainly based on personal events in my life.

I really hope it helps someone out there remember you are not alone.

Writing Prompt 17:

I Know How It Feels to Be in Her Shoes

I watched her in the waiting room, shaking her leg nervously as she filled out the new patient paperwork.

Was she newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? Or just new to this hospital?

It’s hard either way.

I do wonder though…

Did she ever have a doctor not believe her when she described her symtoms?

Or was she ever told “It can’t be that bad?”

Has she already tried one treatment but it stopped working?

She sighs as she signs her name at the bottom of the paper and glances my way. I give her a smile and wave, and she nods in response.

I see you, I tell her just by keeping that eye contact a few seconds longer.

A tear almost escapes her eye but she is quick to wipe it away.

It’s okay to cry, I want to tell her, but I look toward the brochures and pamphlets on the wall, giving her space.

“Casey Abraham?” the nurse calls, entering the waiting area.

She pales as she stands, and I watch as she slowly makes her way to the nurse, reaching out to the wall to steady herself. Only about twenty steps, but, God, sometimes those twenty steps are hard.

I smile at her again and wink.

I’ve had to hold onto the wall before, too.

I know how it feels to be in her shoes.

They’re uncomfortable.

You feel alone. And scared. And always, always worried about what could happen.

I know.

I wear those shoes everyday.

She leaves with the nurse, and within moments, I am also called and make my way to the doctor’s office. I never see Casey Abraham again, but I think of her.

And I pray she is okay.

I hope Casey Abraham likes her specialist, and I hope she is on a successful treatment plan. I hope she is happy, and I hope she remembers there are over 2.3 million people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Maybe someone out there is reading this story, and you, too, have MS.

But remember you are so strong for getting this far.

And to anyone who is reading this, keep going.

You never know what tomorrow may bring.

No one can ever take away your hope.


All writing is original work of Kristen Dutkiewicz. 

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Be sure to stick around my blog to read more writing prompts and stories!

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Published by Kristen Dutkiewicz

I am a an author, recently releasing six short-reads/novellas on Amazon, including my short read memoir about my journey with multiple sclerosis. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my fiance and two cats. When I am not writing, you can find me either exercising or reading!

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