Archive for June, 2014

The Never Ending Battle With MS, My Weight and My Laziness

Written by on June 24th, 2014 – 3 Comments

I bIMG_0051ought a new shirt earlier this month. It says “I’m not lazy – I’m physically conservative.” I tend to be on the lazier side – y’know little things like not wanting to get out of bed to answer a phone, stretching as far off my couch to reach my computer without actually getting up, frequently choosing the escalator over stairs.

But I’ve always been active – when I was younger I was in swimming lessons, and my mom would try to get me involved in basketball and soccer (that didn’t stick.) For 8 years I was enrolled in Karate, and that gave me a chance to exercise and get off my couch. I loved it, and even though it’s taken a back seat to my academics and volunteer work, I 100% intend on returning to it.

And my mom always made sure I was a healthy eater – lots of fresh fruit and veggies, homecooked meals as often as possible, limits on the amount of cookies and pop I could have.

But despite that, I’ve never been the healthiest person. I probably like McDonald’s a little too much, and may have some self control issues when a pizza or chocolate is placed in front of me.

However that all changed when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I realized that I needed to become more aware of my body, my health and really take control of it. This realization was by no means an instant one. I was diagnosed in July 2012, but it wasn’t until May 2013 that I realized how important it was.

Living on campus, and not having my mom looking over my shoulder led to me not being physically active… at all, and making poor choices about my diet. This led to me getting completely out of shape, and gaining a lot of weight.

(more…)

In Case Of Emergency

Written by on June 17th, 2014 – 2 Comments

rootsI recently replaced my Medic Alert bracelet. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what that is, it’s a bracelet with a medallion engraved with my emergency medical information on it. It has a serial number that is unique to me on it as well as a toll free number that can be called by medical personnel (Paramedics, ER Doctors, etc.) 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world. It gives them instant access to important information, if I am unable to communicate it for myself. (more…)

MRIs and Reports and New Meds… Oh My!!

Written by on June 10th, 2014 – No Comments

Hello darling SLM community!

Before I get into my post, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the MS-walkers!  I’m so proud of you for taking the time to raise awareness; you’re such amazing people.  I’m inspired by you!

My sincerest apologies for not getting a post out sooner, life has certainly handed me some ups and downs! In my last post I chatted with you about my most recent adventures to the MS Clinic at St. Mike’s hospital and left you with my plans for another MRI and a follow-up at the clinic in October.

Since then, I have completed the MRI, it came back showing two new lesions since the previous scan done in November 2013; the first lesion is 8mm and sits in the front right side, and the second is 6 x 3mm and sits in the back left side. Armed with this information, I attended an appointment with my first neurologist (not the MS clinic) who is of the opinion that the clinic is going to want to ‘upgrade’ my medication since the new lesions appeared within less than 6 months. (more…)

The meaning of NO

Written by on June 3rd, 2014 – No Comments

noIn my journey to figure out life balance with MS and in particular change how I manage life stresses my naturopath suggested I read a book by Gabor Mate: When the body says No, the costs of hidden stress. At the time we were discussing knowing one’s limits and I mentioning that I couldn’t always identify mine in certain situations (like at the gym during exercise) for which I then paid for later with negative results (MS related problems).

The book was extremely insightful to me in many ways as it discussed commonalities of people who had developed autoimmune diseases and cancers. The main commonality was taking on stresses beyond what a physical body could handle and in return not knowing one’s own limits/boundaries for managing stresses. This was my first encounter with reading material that related stress (whether is mental, physical etc) to a mind-body connection. The end outcome was that how we manage stresses impacted one’s physiology and over time could result in disease (if we weren’t managing stress well). (more…)