Posts Tagged ‘health’

Those Little Reminders…

Written by on October 16th, 2017 – 1 Comment

When MS came into the picture, I grasped for things I could control. I immediately ‎got a trainer, started running, and started getting my diet in check. As a classic type A personality, I expected immediate results. I did the work, show me the results! While the physical changes have certainly helped, I did not even consider the other side of the equation – my mental health. I have suffered with anxiety my whole life. Even today, I am hesitant to admit that in writing. I perceived it as a weakness that needed to be buried and for decades I thought could hide this “weaker” side of my personality without issue.

In walks MS. After I had gotten my physical health under control, I started to notice a pattern. Every time I encountered a stressful life event (or at least my definition of stress), my right arm and leg would go numb or my muscles would be so fatigued that every movement took concerted effort. When the stressor would go away, so would the symptoms. Now, this seems like a pretty obvious pattern to identify, but I simply didn’t see it; or more likely, didn’t want to see it. I would just get annoyed with my body and think perhaps I should run more. However, in a moment of sheer frustration, I finally took some time for self reflection and realized I had been neglecting half of the healthy living equation. So, I finally took action. I now see an amazing psychotherapist, who has been an excellent resource to keep my stress in check, and I started a mindful meditation practice. I cannot say that I have it all under control. I certainly don’t. Who does? However, I like to think that I am now a work in progress. I also look at my symptoms from a totally different perspective. When those physical manifestations of stress start to show themselves, it stops me dead in my tracks. It reminds me to take care of both my body and my mind.

MS still sucks! But thanks to those little reminders, I am now listening to my body and my wholistic health has never been better.

#OneWord365 Explore… Health

Written by on January 6th, 2015 – No Comments

1509906_684132398276302_843275970_nFor the second year, I’ve decided to participate in the #OneWord365 Challenge instead of making a New Year’s Resolution. This word is going to be used to guide my actions in the year, and allow me to have somewhat of a focus on what I do in my life. 2015’s word is “Explore”.

This blogpost is going to be focusing on how I’m going to be exploring different approaches to health. I’ve written before about my struggle with health, weight and physical activity.

The reason I’m heading in to 2015  with a health focus is that I ended 2015 with a bit of a health scare. After two years of being on one treatment for my MS, my neurologist suggested I switch to a different one, because although I was clinically okay, the little bugger known as MS decided to keep developing inside my body. So this new treatment was supposed to help with that. (more…)

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.

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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…)

Self-Care

Written by on January 19th, 2012 – 2 Comments

If you’d asked me 4 years ago, how I looked after myself, I don’t think I would have had a clue what you were talking about. As my health (and by extension my life) changed with the diagnosis of MS, I had to start considering how I would deal with the stress of living with an unpredictable, life-altering disease. It was time to develop some self-care strategies.

The term “self-care” refers to activities and practices that we do in order to maintain and enhance our overall health and well-being. It’s small, mindful things you can do to be kinder and gentler to yourself. (more…)