Practical Tips to Manage Stress

MSMonday: Practical Tips to Manage Stress This past year has been a DOOZY. We all had such high hopes for 2020, but alas, 2020 had other plans for itself. Staying home, businesses closed, limited interaction, the world as we knew it is drastically different now. And this can bring an intense feeling of anxiety, overwhelm, fear among other things. The …

5 things to help manage MS

5 Things to do Right Now to Manage MS

5 Things to do Right Now to Help Manage MS   When trying to manage MS, there are tons of things we can be doing to help our situation. They range from how we think about or disease, to sleep, to how we move to what we eat. But what can we do right now to manage our MS better? …

Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System in Times of Stress

This past month has been a bit of a doozy, to say the least. Coronavirus is taking over. Maybe not the illness itself in all places, but the effects of it for sure. Staying home, businesses closed, limited interaction, the world as we knew it is drastically different now. And this can bring an intense feeling of anxiety, overwhelm, fear among other things. …

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19   The past month, Coronavirus has exploded. In the news, in the population and it feels like it’s coming for everyone. Now, just because it feels that way, doesn’t mean that it’s actually the case. We’ve all be hearing the data for weeks, so I’m not going to keep harping on it here. I’m going to focus on …

MS Awareness Week 2020 Community Project

March is MS Awareness Month. March 8th-14th is MS Awareness Week, and I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to create a community project where people could share their stories of hope and healing. I was inspired by a theme I saw for MS Awareness Week of “Whatever it Takes”. I feel like that describes my experience …

Managing the Holiday Season

     “The Holidays” are supposed to be a wonderful, cheerful and happy time of year. But so often all those warm and fuzzy feelings get lost among the craziness and hullabaloo of everything we have going on. The result? Stress! No one is immune to this holiday stress, but individuals with MS can feel the repercussions of stress in …

Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s that time of year again.. Cold and Flu season! Yippie! Since the kids are back in school and temperatures are dropping quick you might find yourself, or a family member, with either a cold or the flu. The usual course of action for many is to pop some OTC “meds” and be on their way. However, this isn’t the …

5 Ways to Create a Partnership with Your Doctor

I’ve heard too many times lately about doctors not listening, explaining their reasonings for actions or acting in ways that are intimidating. Hearing stories like this makes me so upset and sad, for many reasons. One of the biggest is that situations and relationships like this, can lead to you not getting the proper care that you need and deserve. …

My MS Journey Over the Past 10 Years

When I think back on my life pre-MS, pre-autoimmunity, I was sick or hurt a decent amount of the time. Not like 24/7 or anything like that, but something always hurt, or I was sick. This increased as I got older, and especially through high school. I used to joke that my body was revolting and that it was attacking …

Leg Weakness (reader question)

A few weeks back, I put out a call for questions to answer on MSMonday. I got some really good ones and one of them was about leg weakness and what we can do about it. I wanted to tackle this one first, since it seems to be another topic similar to last week’s topic where the doc’s answer is …