Why should you join me in the fight against MS?
It is hard to beleive that this will be my 6th year participating in Challenge Walk MS. My (our) goal this year is to raise $2,500. The funds raised from the Challenge Walk MS will not only support research for a cure, but also provide programs which address the needs of hundreds of thousands of people living with MS.
This year I am dedicating my training and participation in Challenge Walk MS to the medical professionals and researchers who have supported ME and millions more in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. I can see that this is not just a "job", a "career" or a "profession" to them. This is their CALLING!
I have M.S. = Multiple Sclerosis
I am M.S. = Mighty Strong
My Personal Web Log
It is hard to believe that in less than four months, I will be in Tanzania, Africa! Yes,that's right, I am going to AFRICA! Multiple Sclerosis is not going to hold me back this time.
I have been preparing for this trip since November by working out at the local YMCA with a friend who will also be making the journey with me. Four to five times a week we lift weights, walk or even run a few laps, and enjoy some much needed stretching.
Even more important than the physical strength that I have gained, I have also gained a travel companion who can tell if I am close to "overdoing it." This is very important since I don't always want to listen to my body when I travel. I want to GO, GO, GO!
My neurologist has also been working with me by making sure that all of my shots are up to date and that I will have all of my daily and precautionary medications.
Who knows, maybe I will come back from Tanzania even healthier than when I left. I will be in a village where they don't use any pesticides or herbicides on their food, there is plenty of sunshine, the temperatures will be in the mid 70's and they take naps in the afternoon.
Stay tuned for further details on the "Tanzania Treatment". I will be back from Tanzania for about a month before the walk. I can't wait to share my adventures with all of you!
Through My Eyes
For those of you who know me, you know that I love looking at the world through the lens of a camera. I hope to capture the beauty and emotion that I see in the world and preserve it for all time. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with MS that I developed this passion to slow down and see what others will only rush past.
One of the fears of living with MS is that my vision will be taken from me. I have been extremely lucky because my vision has only been affected for a short time and has fortunately returned to normal. I feel blessed that I am able to develop this gift.
In return for my good fortune, I have taken my photos and started making greeting cards with them. All the profits from the sale of the cards go to the National MS Society.
I have also been the photographer the the MS Challenge walk in Door County for three out of five years. What an amazing experience seeing the compassion and commitment of so many people supporting those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
I hope you will take my advice. take some time and look at the world around you. It does not have to be through the lens of a camera or even through your own eyes. Take in the world any way you can. Look, feel, taste, smell, hear, love! With MS, you never know what might be taken away. Experience it; enjoy life however you can!
It only took me five years, but I finally understand how important BALANCE is to those who are fighting Multiple Sclerosis. I am not talking about keeping vertical without wobbling all over, though that is important. I am talking about keeping every aspect of your life in balance.
I remember asking my neurologist on my first visit after being diagnosed if there were any diet, exercise or lifestyle restrictions or requirements. His response was to keep my life balanced. Live a healthy lifestyle, keep active, but don't overdo it. That sounded so simple. There had to be more. There had to be some miracle diet or exercises that would "cure" me.
Eating a well rounded diet has worked well for me. I have lost 25 pounds since the beginning of 2013. Besides having MS, I am statistically healthy as a horse.
Do whatever exercise you love. My doctor pointed out that people are more willing to stick with an exercise program if they like what they are doing. I'm happy with walking. I can truly say that I am no longer a runner and I am okay with that.
The hardest thing to wrap my swiss cheesed brain around was the concept of MODERATION. I've never liked having people tell me that I couldn't do something. That was all I needed to kick my determination into overdrive. I need to make sure that I get enough sleep. I need to make sure that I don't go on a weekend cleaning spree without a day to recover afterward.
Now that I have accepted moderation as a sign of intelligence, not a sign of weakness, I have become a happier, more productive person. I hope that others will take a page from my notes and follow my motto: ALL THINGS IN MODERATION!