Archive for July, 2015

It’s so Hot…Well, no not Really!

Written by on July 28th, 2015 – No Comments

So I know that I have been posting a lot about “my fitness journey” lately.  Well this stays true to that theme!

I did in fact run in a 5km “fun run”.  My goal was to try and run 4 out of the 5 kilometers.  I ended up doing intervals, 4 minutes jogging and 1 minute walking, and they ended up routing us wrong so I ended up jogging 7 or 7 and a half kilometers. I’ll call it a success!

I’m still running and following a program.  I get frustrated sometimes because I’ve been running for about 2 weeks now and still am not able to jog 5km, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is progress, and besides it’s pretty awesome that I can run at all!

I’ve certainly run into some stumbling blocks (no pun intended!) After a few minutes of running, my legs go numb and it feels like running on knives each time I step down, but I can keep going, so I do!  As it’s getting warmer the heat is causing more of an issue.

I’ve been thinking of trying the cooling clothing for a while, and after reading the article in the MS Canada newsletter I decided to give it a try.  I was unsure of what would suit my needs best, but settled on a belt as I thought it would move best while exercising.  I have found it allows me to exercise for longer, and I tend to go further with feeling in my legs.  Anything to keep me running for longer!  I really enjoy it!

Negative attitude anyone?!

Written by on July 21st, 2015 – 4 Comments

Random topic I know … but an important question I believe.

Do you often find that ANY diagnosed illness or condition CAN lead to an excuse to be negative??

Do I agree with this? To a point – yes.  I think any diagnosis is shocking and everyone deals differently. Some hit rock bottom before picking up the pieces, some stay at rock bottom, some never get that low – it varies, I realize that.  I’m not telling anyone how to act or react …

question markMy question is this;

When does having a negative attitude get to be too much? When are you allowed to slap someone silly and say “relax, it could be worse” or “stop being a downer to everyone else”.  How long do you let someone play their pity role?

I have always believed that MS (or any illness) does NOT allow you to be the “negative nancy” of the group …

Would love someone’s input on how to approach people who are negative with their illness … and I don’t mean “down days” .. I mean pity days ALL THE TIME.  Who go on and on about how awful this illness is the worst – it’s fine if they choose to poison their own life with that attitude,  but what about when they start to poison other people (with or without MS) and put bad thoughts in their head about this illness?

Thoughts?

 

$100,000 Follow the Leader scholarship awarded to exemplary Toronto student

Written by on July 14th, 2015 – No Comments

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The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is proud to announce that Toronto student Allie Sherwin has been awarded a Follow the Leader scholarship, which is made possible by the support of the KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation. Sherwin, whose mother has primary progressive multiple sclerosis, will receive $100,000 towards her expenses throughout her four year undergraduate degree – a degree she hopes will lead to a career in MS research.

“It’s such an amazing opportunity,” says Sherwin, who is set to begin her studies at Western University in the fall. “It’s been hard to watch my mother’s health slowly get worse. This scholarship will help me make a difference in the lives of people who are dealing with the same thing.” (more…)

Congratulations on WEGO Health Activist Awards win!

Written by on July 7th, 2015 – No Comments

CertificateCongratulations again to the someonelikeme.ca and commemoi.ca bloggers who won the WEGO Health Activist Awards for best team performance in March 2015. We received a prize pack with an iPod and would like to award it to one of our very deserving bloggers. For the next 5 months, for every blog posted on someonelikeme.ca or commemoi.ca, the blogger will get their name entered into a draw to win the prize. Stay tuned in December to find out who the lucky winner is!