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Exercise and MS: Treat yourself like a valuable athlete!

Athletic skills are acquired over a long period of time and after countless hours of practice. ~ Zig Ziglar The recent MS buzz now really highlights how valuable exercise is in managing MS. Yes – exercise IS good for managing MS symptoms! Many of us with MS have known this for a long time, but…

Never Say Never…

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”― Ernest Hemingway Have you ever found yourself saying “I am never going to …something, something …again!” And you really meant it? I found myself saying that about marriage and pursuing relationships, and that “never” sentiment was reinforced over the last…

Forging New Ground and Setting Goals

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ” ~ Eleanor…

On My Mat: Life’s Journey is Not about a River in Egypt

Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.  ~Murphy’s Law I have traveled the river of denial (get it..de-Nile…ok, bad joke) a few times on my journey through life. One…

On My Mat: Seeing The Bittersweetness of Change and Transition

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. ~ Albert Einstein Change. It is the one true constant in our world, isn’t it?  However, dealing with change requires transitioning – and that often takes determined effort.  Sometimes people think: “well, transition is just another name for change. Right?”…

Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster!

I’m not afraid to write my feelings in songs. ~ Taylor Swift Thanks to adjustments in my seizure meds, I have been riding the emotional lability roller coaster lately (so to speak). Emotional lability – sounds…weird, right? Here is a dictionary definition: emotional lability – a condition of excessive emotional reactions and frequent mood changes.…

Back in the Saddle: Keeping Life Balance Despite the Challenges

“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury Sometimes, the stresses of life can throw you off balance in unexpected ways! I myself have been “off my game” for the past few weeks, basically suffering from “home-office-presenteeism-itis”. What does THAT mean? It means…

Life and Trust and the Ability to Fly

“I’m flying, Jack! ” ~ Rose De Witt Bukater This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Living in Halifax for this anniversary has been very interesting…larger than life in someways, and weirdly revealing in other ways. Revealing in that while something as epic as the Titanic exists, what it all…

Seeing Through the Loneliness

Remember we’re all in this alone. ~ Lily Tomlin Recently, someone asked me to write more about the loneliness that can come with living with a chronic illness. Whew – that’s a tough subject, eh? Loneliness is more of an emotional state consisting of a hollow emptiness and profound unhappiness. It is not a voluntary…