Sometimes a reset isn’t a choice but it can be a blessing.

My family had moved from New York City to Los Angeles and back to New York City. On the surface, we had a pretty perfect life — a beautiful brownstone in Cobble Hill, an amazing three-year-old boy, best friends and all the trappings.

I had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis eight years prior to this moment. It was a surreal moment in my life, but looking back I now see it as a gift that was given to me.

Stress is a huge catalyst to someone who has MS. In order to keep this fantastic life we were living, I had to regularly expose myself to extremely stressful situations. Whether it came from complicated situations at work or just the general push and shove of city life, my body basically said, “NO.”

My doctor was clear. “You have to make some drastic changes or you will stay sick forever.”

That evening my husband and I made some serious decisions. It wasn’t easy, but within the span of three weeks, we broke our fancy private school contract, gave up our beautiful brownstone and all those fabulous trappings that were making me sick.

We moved to a farm in Hudson Valley, close enough that my husband could still commute (yes, it’s possible!) and we never looked back. Three years later, I’m back in the working world and living in the country. Now I know the choices I made when I reset my life were lessons learned that will last a lifetime.