About 20 years ago when I was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I was told that I should take it easy and not to exercise. I was told, “You are older and should probably retire.” I was told that with my prognosis, most likely I would be totally incapacitated in about 3 months.
In my heart of hearts, I felt that it was not possible for me to be incapacitated in 3 months because it wasn't part of my vision or my dreams, and my profile did not fit into the demographics of this condition, so I promptly discarded the entire notion.
I kept on doing my usual accelerated activities for about 4 years until I finally had to obey the STOP sign! Daily fatigue became overwhelming despite the “disease modifying” injections, which I was doing to mitigate symptoms. Four years into this treatment option, I was told that the MS will “burn out" and to stop the daily injections. My research journey as to what else I could be doing began.
My research pointed me toward nutrition and what it entailed. I started studying, and I became certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I learned about foods with nutritive value and eliminating what is known as junk food, such as processed foods, high sugar content, and bad oils. My fatigue started improving over time, which empowered me to keep up my research and studies. I quickly learned the importance of listening to your body. Your body lets you know when you shouldn’t eat certain foods.
At this point, I started studying the effects of stress and exercise, and this opened new roads for improving both my emotional and physical sense of well-being. I started daily stretching exercises, and weekly massages became the norm, together with meditation and daily affirmations. In a previous blog, I discussed the power of sleep, which is an integral part of the healing process.
My mobility issues, however, seemed to get worse during the winter months. I started researching the effect of environmental temperature on symptom management. My research showed that folks with MS who live closer to the equator manage symptoms, such as spasms, fatigue, etc., better. So we moved to Panama for 7 years with no noticeable improvement. We returned to the U.S. 7 years ago, enjoying Florida. All symptoms remain in control!
My MS journey has been one of research, learning, and doing and it has ALL been for better health and joy. Your thoughts become your reality!
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