As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"

When is it correct to use "one's"?

One can only wonder how: It can be difficult to follow in the footsteps of one’s predecessors even if that is one’s greatest desire. 
It can be difficult to follow in the footsteps of your predecessors even if that is your greatest desire.

The question here in the use of "one's".

It is my understanding that the use of 'one's' is used when writing to a more formal group. So the question is: "Who are you writing to?" Are you writing to a professor or are you writing to a group of generally educated to the eighth grade level of readership? If the former is who you are writing to and presumably a higher class of readership, than the use of 'one's' in your writing is correct. but if you are writing to the general readership, the second without the use of 'ones' would be correct.

It's FORMAL analytical essay for my instructor - so the use of 'one's' is correct.

Thus my question of the use of 'one's' is concluded.
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