Try, Try, Try. Period.

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But, by all means keep moving.” ~Martin Luther King Jr Sometimes it takes digging deep – really deep – to keep getting back up and trying. Has anyone else noticed that? I have been going through an exacerbation of my MS…

Seeing the Light at the End of the Tunnel: Builiding your Resilience

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~Winston Churchill (Photo Credit: http://www.babaloud.com) Sometimes it can be tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s where personal resilience comes in. Resilience can help you know that even if you can’t see the light right now, you are confident…

Balance in all Things – even your Passions!

“To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh Balance. It’s all about finding the right balance even in the weirdest circumstances. I have recently been giving a lot of thought to what exactly defines my personal balance, especially…

It’s all about Communication

“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity.” -Francois Gautier Communication (noun): Intercourse by words, letters, or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means; conference; correspondence. Communication. Such an amazingly simple concept, yet an amazingly difficult thing to achieve. We are a world surrounded by so many…

The Trials and Tribulations of Getting Diagnosed!

“Worry never robs tomorrow of it’s sorrow. It only saps today of it’s joy.” -Leo Buscaglia Navigating the medical system while getting diagnosed with anything can be an interesting journey into the trials and tribulations of worry, anxiety, fear, confusion, and uncertainty. Even when you get a diagnosis, you sometimes get un-diagnosed then re-diagnosed when…

How to Seek Clarity to calm the Confusion

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” ~Unknown When was is managing a chronic illness, sometimes the confusion is overwhelming. The antidote is clarity. I love this picture of my old pup, Nickster. When I look at it, I see my doggy companion of…

Finding your Life Inspiration…and Acting on it.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.                 ~ Jack Layton (1950-2011) Recently, as Canadians and many people internationally know, our “beloved Jack” died, after a fight with cancer. I spent much of…

How to Deal with Stigma or Bias against Chronic Illness

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ~Unknown Sometimes having a chronic illness can be like walking a lonely road…especially when people react to you in negative ways because they do not understand your illness. I find myself these days often between two extremes: some on one end, over-protective and treating me like I am a…

Finding your Balance between a Rock & a Hard Place

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” -Pema Chodron (Can you believe I held that Crane pose for 4 seconds before falling? Yipee-yahoo! Balance achieved – of a sort…) I recently found myself struggling to find my balance regarding a number of things, from being shockingly emotionally shut down completely by…