The more research I do into MS the more personal Heroes I find. How amazing to know that there are so many people out there who do not consider themselves “victims” of a disease, who don’t lose hope, who still love themselves and their lives even when facing issues that might emotionally cripple other people. The author of this article is “planning her next remission” while lying in bed during a relapse. How amazing is she?! Read what she has to say and let me know what you think by hitting the “comment” link below.
Living Life Fully and Abundantly with MS
Twenty seven years go I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For me getting a diagnosis was refreshing for me to know that there truly was something going wrong within my once healthy body. After going the rounds of many different types of doctors I was relieved when given my diagnosis. Being a young woman of 32 years old when finally diagnosed I had a lot of life changing to do. I had a 7 year old son, a husband and had lived life so fully and all of a sudden it came to a stop. Instead of my usual day of running 3-6 miles, aerobics, Nautilus, weight training, biking it was all placed on hold while I grovelled to get the daily chores in the home completed, along with my son’s help. All the time grabbing hold of naps and resting periods on the couch. I am a tall woman with a small frame. 5′ 7″ and at that time was 118 pounds of solid muscle with less than 10% body fat. I was the fittest I had ever been in my entire life. I was never a sickly person and then all of a sudden in a blink of an eye my once healthy living lifestyle was yanked out from under me. Literally, along with the numerous symptoms I started having one of them was falling when trying to get to the other side of the room. It took time and a lot of testing for them to come to a decision it was MS which was wrecking havoc on my lean, mean, fit machine of a body I was trapped inside of.
With the grace of God I was able to grab hold of a future goal….a goal of healthiness….and pursue what I am not sorry I did. I went to a nutritionist and upgraded my already healthy was of eating and living and was on a mission to put health back into my body. I had given in to the mental part of it which I called my acceptance of my disease. Not that I gave up, but that I would never allow it to rob me any more than it had already done to me and my family. So with God, family and nutrition I was able to get my body into a remission state for almost 20 years.
During the last 20+ years I have never been able to run or lift weights continually but I have had periods when I could hike, lift weights, do pilates and belly dance (belly dancing is my hidden talent which not many know about). Due to stress in the last 14 years caused from divorce, work, death of both parents and life in general my body has lost the remission I was so grateful to have had. 3-4 years ago I started to get symptoms back and due to other health issues cropping up I needed 2 surgeries within a year period and this second surgery has caused my MS to become full blown and leaves me in my bed with no energies to leave. I leave for doctor appointments and occasionally a friend or my son will get me out for some air, but I always love to get home and in my jammies. No, I am not depressed. I am just unable at this time to have the energy to do much else. So while sitting in my bed I a planning my second remission. I will not let it not happen. It is my goal to be healthy once again. Life the next few decades will be different for me than I have known recently. I will make sure of that. I am now 58 years old and a very emotionally strong woman and have gone through divorce, deaths, surgeries and many disappointments in my lifetime, but I will not allow this monster of MS to rob my final years. My parents both lived their life fully.
My father lost his leg in Iowa Jima during the war but never let that stop him or rob his family of joy. I learned a lot from this Marine, then turned police officer. The most important thing I learned from him was to be content in your situation and still be happy and joke around. Don’t let life get you (down). Life will always be trying to rob you. And from my beautiful, gracious mother, who never went to a doctor in 50 years, never complained about any of the struggles or disappointments life gave her, I learned to put that smile on my face and stand firm in my beliefs and no matter what God would always take care of my needs. My parents have taught me much through the years. They both are gone now. Dad was not well the last couple years of his life, but still was pleasant. Mom did not know what hit her…she passed on unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm, living her life fully till the very moment she left us. They both were 79. I had always wished to live to be 100+. There is no guarantee for that to happen. So my mission for myself this next 20+ years is to once again work on a remission for my body by using the knowledge my nutritionist, my homeopathic credibility and my everyday learning has taught me and juice & eat & pray my way to good health once again.
I will continue to write of my travels on my pathway to health. Please follow me as I get well once again!
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