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Decision Making with MS

Written by on November 4th, 2014 –

How many times have you had that feeling in your gut that it wasn’t right, but everyone around you was telling you it was the right thing to do. A year or six months passes by, and you knew that you should have gone with your gut. Living with MS is an emotional roller coaster, and you rely heavily on your support system. However, no one knows you better than yourself. MS does make your decision making ability difficult at times because of the fogginess that experienced with the disease. Making a decision based on emotions can be one of the worst things that you can do. For many youth with MS, the decisions that you make now can really have an effect on you as an adult…your career, the city you live in, and your friends. (more…)

A great experience along the timeline…

Written by on April 22nd, 2014 – 1 Comment

Grad PicWhat a year. As my master of business administration (MBA) degree comes to an end, I thought about all the changes that happened in my life, both positive and negative. I really didn’t know what to expect at the start of the program because I was going through my second major attack that I had with MS. All I wanted for was the relapse to go away so I wasn’t in pain anymore because I had other things to concentrate on. Like any new social setting, I was meeting new people and trying to get a feel of the group who I would have the most in common. With every new social setting that I have had before, I seem to gravitate towards those that played sports…an easy way for me to make friends. There were many ups and downs at the beginning as dealing with many type-A personalities can get interesting to say the least.

As the year moved on, I started to become more comfortable and started to make a good group of friends. More importantly, I was learning a lot about people and my interests for after school. At the end of November, while most people were freezing in Canada, I had the fortunate opportunity to visit South America. (more…)

A new challenge….

Written by on June 4th, 2013 – 3 Comments

I have decided to take on a new challenge in my life….I am doing my MBA at the Ivey school of business in London, Ontario. A challenge it has been, as two weeks before starting this program, I came down with the second worse MS relapse in my life.

I did not want this being an issue, but it has been and, well, now I am almost fully recovered. I really do want to do this challenge for all of you out there….do not stop, and achieve more—be something great, which I already think that most of you are.

This relapse was a setback; however, the main issue has been what many of you are facing in your own lives is that people do not understand. I cannot do the same things that I used to and do not want to put my health in jeopardy, just so I can conform to someone that I am not. Even at my age, I still get weird looks from those individuals who will never understand.

Some things do not change in life, even as you get older. Even though some things do not change, hopefully you are changing. Trust your instincts, believe in yourself, and do what is right for you…but most of all; be a leader.

Start of a new year…what will it bring.

Written by on January 29th, 2013 – 1 Comment

It is a start of a new year. Most of us have resolutions that we try to keep. As for myself, I have been reflecting on the past year. What I am going to try to improve in 2013? What should I build on and is important to me? Some of the best advice I was ever given was to reevaluate things every year or couple years.

As I get older, I am slowly figuring out what is important in my life. I have met so many incredible people in the past two years that have influenced my life. Most of us have to take a lot into consideration when we make decisions in our lives. My advice; be selfish. Do something that will benefit your life. Most of us have been through so much, so do something that will make you happy. It could be a trip of some sort to get away and escape reality for a little while. For others, it could be a complete change or something little. Change at times is frightening, because people are afraid of the unknown. As from my own personal experience, change has brought everything in my life….believe me…keep on changing until you find what is right for your life because no one else will. Change will not come easy for many of us. We will fall many times (metaphorically, and literally for some of us) before we take a step forward. Know what it is going to take to make 2013 a better year and go for it; you be surprised at what could happen.

One of the most inspirational videos that I have ever watched was the 2005 Stanford University commencement speech by Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple). I recommended this speech to all of my friends, and I am now recommending this speech to all of you. This speech really hits home. I hope that this year brings good fortune to all of us. Keep up the battle.


Moving On

Written by on October 26th, 2012 – 3 Comments

Hi everyone. My name is Mike, and hopefully everyone will enjoy my blog on this wonderful website.  As for my background, I am 29 years old, and I have been living with MS for almost 6 years–my six year anniversary is coming up in October.  My life has been filled with many ups and downs in these interesting six years. I have been fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people on this interesting journey.

MS has affected my life in so many ways; some positive and some negative.  I cannot change what has happened to me, but I have learned to embrace the changes and challenges. However, the one thing that I have never changed is the belief in myself.  When I first got sick, I was barely able to move; numbness flowed down the right side of my face all the way to my fingertips and to the bottom of my feet.  This was absolutely devastating because at the time I was a NCAA division 1 athlete.  My lifestyle, my sport, everything that I knew was all of the sudden taken away from me.  However, this wasn’t the first time I have had to overcome a hurdle in my life. I wanted to prove everyone wrong that I would come back and play the sport I loved at such a high level. Through hard work and determination (there was a lot of screaming, falling down, and swearing –though not necessarily in that order), I was able to come back to play a sport that I loved with some of my best friends. I took on the attitude that “ it was me vs the disease”, and I was not losing.